The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA is currently investigating allegations a disgruntled neighbour in Welgelegen trapped and abducted two cats.
The neighbour apparently transported the cats in the boot of his car and dumped the animals at an open field in Atlantis.
The cats, Oberon and Phoebe, were reported missing by their owner Paula Kingham and a search and rescue operation was launched.
Meanwhile a dog was also stabbed in an horrific attack in Khayelitsha. The alleged perpetrator will appear in court on Friday 6 July.
These are very serious instances where much-loved companions have paid the price for neighbourly disputes.— Belinda Abraham, Communications, Education & Resource Development Manager at Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
SPCA spokesperson, Belinda Abraham, has warned residents not to take the law into their own hands when dealing a neighbour's troubling pet.
Abraham adds that stray or lost animals should be taken to the nearest veterinarian to check for microchips and ownership.
The first port of call is to go to a vet.— Belinda Abraham, Communications, Education & Resource Development Manager at Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
It doesn't have to be your pet to for you to be charged in terms of a contravention of the Animals Protection Act.— Belinda Abraham, Communications, Education & Resource Development Manager at Cape Of Good Hope SPCA
What options do residents have when a neighbour’s dog barks incessantly or if a cat terrorises your home?
The City of Cape Town's is responsible for trespassing animals, barking dogs or animals kept in diseased or parasitic conditions. Contact the Animal Control Unit's 24-hour hotline on 0215961999.
The SPCA is also available 24 hours a day for help or advice. Contact them on 0217004158/9 during office hours or 083326160 after hours.
Take a listen to her explain the laws that govern animal welfare: