Bloemfontein SPCA to lay charges after cow beaten with knobkierrie

Bloemfontein - The Bloemfontein SPCA said on Wednesday that it would lay a charge of animal cruelty after a man allegedly beat and injured a cow in Bloemspruit.  

According to Senior Inspector Reinet Meyer, the cow was found on Tuesday, following information that a man was beating it with a knobkierrie. 

Meyer said, upon inspection, the cow was in visible pain and had lost its front leg. Its ear also had a severe injury.

She said, according to the man who allegedly beat the cow, it had been in an accident on Monday night.  

"We will lay a charge of animal cruelty against the man who is from Lesotho, although he ran away from the scene," she said.      

On the same day, two dogs and a cat were also rescued in Fichardt Park in Bloemfontein.  

Meyer said the two German shepherd dogs were rescued from a stream, while the cat was rescued from barbed wire at the local sports ground.  

The cat suffered serious damage to its tail after it was trapped in barbed wire. 

She said the SPCA removed the black and white cat safely from the wire and it was rushed to the vet. 

"The cat will have to undergo surgery to repair [its] tail again," she said.