SPCA suspends 4 staff members for incident of hasty euthanasia
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has suspended four of its employees after it emerged that a cat had been euthanised without following proper procedure two weeks ago.
Hout Bay pet owner, Elise De Beer, says her cat Sonix was put down under dubious circumstances and wrote a post on Facebook which received a great deal of reaction.
SPCA’s spokesperson Belinda Abraham says the disciplinary hearing started on Wednesday and has already been concluded.
The animal organisation has also returned the remains of Sonix and the cat was cremated at the SPCA's expense.
They have also offered compensation to the De Beer family, which has been accepted.
The outcomes of the disciplinary hearing will be announced next week.
Abraham explains that the internal investigation has been dealt with a high level of discretion.
She says that the staff have used the incident to discuss their protocols, professional issues and the complexities of euthanasia.
Abraham says that the SPCA has made a counsellor available for staff struggling with compassion fatigue.
Nobody at the SPCA comes to work to end lives.Belinda Abraham, spokesperson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
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