Animal Cruelty Charges Pressed After Dog Kicked And Stabbed To Death

Benji was reportedly 'taunted' or 'provoked' prior to his death

Animal cruelty charges have been laid by the local SPCA after a group kicked and stabbed a pit bull to death in Cape of Good Hope, South Africa on May 11.

Video evidence

The individual being charged was identified from a video of the day's events which was posted and circulated on social media.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA representative Belinda Abraham said the video depicts a 'horrific and violent death'.

The SPCA is urging those who support the charges to contact local police

Benji’s death

The pit bull, Benji, was reportedly tied up on his home property on the day of the attack.

Accounts say Benji bit a child after he was approached, and either 'taunted' or 'provoked'.

It was at this time that Benji was 'stabbed and kicked to death'.


Benji can be heard yelping during the violent attack in a sound clip shared on a local radio segment, during which the host said he would 'happily' see the offenders in jail for 'five, ten years'.

According to Abraham, this is not outside of the realm of possibility, as offenders in these instances can face fines not exceeding 300,000 rand, or up to 15 years in jail.

The SPCA is encouraging those who feel strongly about what transpired to support the case by contacting local law enforcement with case number 529/52018 Khayelitsha.

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