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SPCA admits wrongdoing after Hout Bay cat put down prematurely

It has emerged that the Cape of Good Hope SPCA euthanised a cat this past weekend without scanning it for a microchip.

The pet owner, Elise De Beer, says her cat Sonix was put down by the animal organisation without following the proper procedure involved.

I question a lot of the procedure that was explained are common place at the SPCA.

Elise De Beer, Hout Bay resident

De Beer explains that Sonix went missing on Friday, and by Sunday search efforts revealed that the cat had been handed over to the SPCA.

Apparently, a neighbouring resident in the Hout Bay area had taken Sonix to the SPCA after complaining that the cat had been trespassing the premises and harassing their own cats.

The cat was taken to the SPCA in Grassy Park on Friday and was allegedly not scanned for a microchip because he was deemed feral.

According to De Beer, Sonix was killed while inside his cage and SPCA officials did not return the cat's body at the weekend.

The fact that they let me leave with nothing adds more insult to all the injury that came with the story.

Elise De Beer, Hout Bay resident

SPCA’s spokesperson Belinda Abraham says there's been a breach of protocol and extended her apologies for the erroneous euthanasia of Sonix.

She explains that animals are meant to be kept in custody for 10 days before deciding on their fate.

Abraham says two staff members will be suspended for their negligence while they conduct an internal investigation and disciplinary hearing.

The remains of Sonix will be returned to the family, but De Beer says it is not enough to bring them closure.

De Beer wrote about her experience on Facebook and the post has been shared widely, with lots of comments raising concerns of similar cases.

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