CAPETOWN, South Africa—Yesterday, a young woman from Oceanview was left traumatized after she walked in on her mother’s boyfriend sexually violating the family dog.
The suspect was arrested at the scene after the woman called TEARS who referred the case to the Cape of Good Hope SPA for investigation.
The suspect will remain in custody until Monday when he will appear before a court and face charges on sexual offenses and related matters, Amendment Act 32 of 2007.
Inspector Mark Syce and the South African police service (SAPS) were dispatched to the scene to investigate the allegation of bestiality.
On arrival, Inspector Syce found the family dog violated and in need of veterinary care. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for an examination and to secure DNA samples for further testing.
DNA samples were handed to the Oceanview SAPS for further testing in support of the criminal charges.
The owner, once questioned further informed the inspector that the suspect sexually abused her as a child. She pressed charges at the time, but nothing came of the case.
The cape of good hope SPCA said that the link between gender-based violence and animal abuse is referenced in research.
‘The link between gender-based violence and animal abuse is referenced in research. One study found as much as 71% of those who are perpetrators of GBV are also likely to abuse animals,” it said
They also added that they will ensure the prior case of sexual assault will be reopened as well.
The dog is currently receiving veterinary treatment at the TEARS animal hospital.
Chief inspector Jaco Pieterse thanked TEARS for availing their veterinarian to do the examination and collection of DNA samples.