This belief is a giant leap for animal welfare

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Mr. Editor,

On November 12, 2021, the GSPCA received a graphic photo showing a cat (still alive) hanging upside down in front of a portal with a phone number, the name and address of the alleged perpetrator of this cruel act. The poor cat was bleeding slowly to death. The photo made many of us cry and many Facebook followers wanted this person charged. The next day, GSPCA (Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) inspector Trudy Dehaarte and I went to the Mahaica police station and met with ASP Fraser, Staff Sgt. Mason and his team, and filed a report. The good officers were all shocked at such cruelty, and ASP Fraser immediately dispatched their officers to bring the assailant to the post.

A week later, the case was tried before magistrate Fabyo Azore at the Vigilance Magistrates’ Court. The man pleaded guilty to killing the cat; he said the cat jumped into his hen house and “peeled” it with a cutlass that stuck into the cat. He claimed he was dead by then and he hung it on the fence to show the neighbor who owned the cat. He also claimed that the cat had killed, first 35, then 60, then 100 of his chickens, and this was the first time he had killed a cat. Asked by the magistrate if he has already spoken with the neighbor about his actions, he answered “yes”. When asked if he had ever apologized to the neighbor for his act, he replied “no”. The good Magistrate told him that he had committed a draconian act and that he had to redeem himself from the neighbor. He was fined $ 20,000.

We applaud the Good Magistrate Fabiola Azore, Superintendent Pareshram 4 “C” Division, ASP Fraser, Superintendent. Mason and his team of caring agents at the Mahaica Police Station for sending a strong message to animal abusers. While this may be a small step, it is a giant leap for animal welfare. Thank you to our President for his words of support: “Animal welfare will be a priority for this government…” words that I repeat often, especially to our officers. We thank the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for taking action and pursuing this matter until justice is served. The GSPCA continues to be the main animal welfare organization in Guyana. Once again, thanks to Robeson Benn Jr for his continued support in these areas.

Truly,
Syeada Manbodh

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