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Criminal case opened after Manenberg boys beat dog to death

A social worker has been assigned in the case involving a group of about 8 children, in Manenberg, committing a brutal act of animal cruelty.

A video surfaced on Facebook showing the young children, between the ages of 7 and 18, dragging an alleged stray dog by a nylon rope, before stoning it to death at a vlei off Vygieskraal Road.

A criminal case has been open with police, where the children will be dealt with by probation officers and by other local authorities.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) opened the case, and all children have been charged for contravening several laws in the Animals Protection Act.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA communications manager Belinda Abraham explains that it is necessary for there to be consequences in the matter.

Youth development specialist Arina Smit says that legal prosecution and social rehabilitation need to be balanced for the children.

Looking at their ages, these are concerning early on-set behaviours.

Arina Smit, youth specialist at Nicro

According to Smit, the children need therapeutic and psychological support for them to be rehabilitated.

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