Horses brutally abused in new hobby


By Nikita Sylvester
Staff Reporter

The SPCA has warned of a new "hobby" that involves youngsters stealing and racing horses, before brutally abusing them until they die.

SPCA chief executive Allan Perrins said that although the society had received close to 200 allegations in the past 10 months about cruelty to horses, the latest trend was an exceptional one.

Perrins explained that there had been numerous reports from people in the Macassar and Faure areas of horses being stolen by teenagers, then used for their own recreation in the most barbaric way.

Bukshi, an 18-year-old Arabian mount belonging to Anthea Myburgh, from a farm in Faure, was the recent victim of such a kidnapping and abuse, which ended in death.
Myburgh said that on a recent Saturday morning, she noticed that Bukshi was missing and heard her Shetland pony, named Pony, calling for him. 

She said Bukshi often got out, but always returned. But Myburgh started to worry the following day and called family members and the police, then started searching for her horse.

It was only on the Monday morning that Myburgh discovered Bukshi about 50m from the entrance to her farm.

"He couldn't even put one leg in front of the other," she said, explaining that when she examined him, she saw that one side of his jaw was swollen, that he had cuts in his mouth, the hair on his tail and mane had been cut, and his legs and feet were covered in blood. He also had a stab wound to the stomach and cuts all over his back.

"I have never seen anything so horrific," said Myburgh.

She immediately called the vet, but Bukshi had to be put down owing to the severity of his injuries.

Myburgh said a young witness had come forward and told her everything. Police confirmed that the witness, who came to Myburgh, accompanied by a family member, was in no way involved in the incident.

A police officer visited Myburgh's farm last week and interviewed the witness, who was able to identify the children he had seen in Macassar with the horse. Malmesbury police spokesman Constable Henry du Randt said that four suspects, three of them minors, had been arrested.

Perrins said that the perpetrators sometimes used barbed wire as bridles to control and beat the horses. They would stab the horse to make it run faster. Perrins urged anyone with information to phone the SPCA's horse care unit at 021 700 4173 or 083 326 0.

Report ID: 203
Crime Category: Animal Cruelty
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Somerset West
Suburb: Macassar
Address: Macassar and Faure, Somerset West
Crime Date/Time: 3 Mar 2010, 00:03 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 3 Mar 2010, 20:03 PM
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  • Unknown 20 Aug 2010, 10:14 AM

    This is disgusting beyond words. I can not believe that people can be so cruel to animals. We are here on earth to look after them, not treat them unhumanely!

  • Unknown 11 Aug 2010, 02:33 PM

    Please can someone tell me what happened at court case of youths who stole and tortured the horse

  • Unknown 18 Jun 2010, 03:39 PM

    I think the younger generation is in serious trouble, children of a young age, seems to be abusing animals, where are the morals in life?

  • Unknown 28 May 2010, 09:13 AM

    Thanks for the updates Anthea!

  • Unknown 28 May 2010, 08:49 AM

    Next court hearing is on the 02 June 2010 - they want to plea. If they dont all plea guilty the case goes to trial. With support of SPCA and the public it seems that we will get a conviction.

  • Unknown 19 May 2010, 10:42 AM

    Please, these kids know exactly what they are doing. Why do you think they all hide away when something like this happens? One kid comes forward that is brought up in the same environment and has the balls to speak up about the abuse. They must be incarcerated - I am tired of society always making frigging excuses for cruelty/murder to animals, people, each other, etc. etc. They do not deserve to breath the oxygen on this planet. Let me catch one of them doing anything to any of my animals.

  • Unknown 19 May 2010, 09:47 AM

    Please, these kids know exactly what they are doing. Why do you think they all hide away when something like this happens? One kid comes forward that is brought up in the same environment and has the balls to speak up about the abuse. They must be incarcerated - I am tired of society always making frigging excuses for cruelty/murder to animals, people, each other, etc. etc. They do not deserve to breath the oxygen on this planet. Let me catch one of them doing anything to any of my animals......

  • Unknown 7 May 2010, 01:34 PM

    I am a horse lover and i thinh it is DISGUSTING!!! How people therat animals epcailly horses they think a horse is there to be abused and treated like it doesnt feel pain or anything!!

  • Unknown 11 Apr 2010, 09:28 AM

    I agree, the children need to be educate in schools regarding how to care for animals. If you are cruel to animals you can also be cruel to humans. Think this is one of the basic things children need to learn at a very young age!

  • Unknown 8 Mar 2010, 09:02 PM

    Sadly it this generally brought about from videos of similar incidents else where in the world. Until such time as cruelty or mis management of animals is tought at an early age in schools, we will never really eradicate these atrocities. The "doers" often have no feelings, empathy nor any concience about harming an animal an threfore will continue to act in this manner. To them it is simply something to do. Strangely enough, prisoners are often rehilitated successfull when tought to cherish animls whilst in the pen. This has positive proof in the UK. Yes one can beat or severly punish the "doer" but that way you are only touching the tip of te ice berg. Lets all ralley and moot for animal education in schools as an integral part of life skills.

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