In the case of animal cruelty, a 68-year-old Johannesburg man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a neighbour’s dog several times.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in a statement said “On Saturday, inspectors of the Randburg division of SPCA accompanied by Muldersdrift police, charged to the scene where witnesses had seen a 68-year-old man shoot a female pit bull three times”.

The shooting allegedly came after two dogs had started fighting.

According to the organisation, the man had heard the dogs barking and fighting in a common area outside his property. He fired shots at the pit bull.

SPCA inspector Shiven Bodasing “As officers we are vested with a certain discretion, and are empowered to investigate offences in respect of animals. In respect of this incident, it was clear that there existed far less severe methods the suspect could have employed to achieve the same result”.

According to the SPCA, animal cruelty is a schedule one offence and any person convicted is liable to a fine of R40,000 or direct imprisonment without the option of a fine.