“Police focus on pit bull ‘link’ in Manenberg cat killings doesn’t make sense”

Sara-Jane King chats with Lins Rautenbach (ex-PBFSA) about reports of the murders to get cat hearts to feed to pit bulls.

– The SAPS is investigating whether pit bull owners who allegedly feed cat hearts to their dogs are responsible for the recent spate of cat murders in Manenberg

– Lins Rautenbach, an advocate for responsible ownership of American pit bull terriers, says it is irresponsible to advance this theory without evidence

– She questions the police’s focus on pit bulls in this case, as complainants are often used in cases where there is evidence, such as B. if a person is mistreated, rejected

Image: Vilina Petrova from Pixabay

The Manenberg community in Cape Town is in shock after a rampage that recently killed at least 27 cats.

The commander of the Manenberg police station accompanied Lester Kiewit on the air on Monday.

Colonel Sanele Zama confirmed that a procedure to prevent cruelty to animals had been opened.

With hearts removed from many of the cats killed, the investigation would focus on pit bull owners in the area.

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Sara-Jayne King speaks to Lins Rautenbach, former press spokeswoman for the Pit Bull Federation of South Africa (PBFSA), on behalf of the responsible owner.

Rautenbach says the story doesn’t make sense to her.

If we had a situation where we had cats being torn apart by dogs … I’d say it’s believable because one of the things your fighting dog fighters do is put their dogs on other animals.

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

That body parts are missing doesn’t make sense to me. It also looks more like an easy way out to me – it’s easy to turn around and say, “Let’s blame the pit bull owner.”

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

It worries them that this information has been released without evidence, which could lead to an angry community ready to take revenge.

An irresponsible statement, says Rautenbach, because every pit bull owner in Manenberg becomes a target.

She also points out that in the Western Cape, it is very difficult for people who have been mauled by pit bulls to open a case.

If there is this element – and I commend the police for picking it up – I raise an eyebrow because if we don’t have evidence we are throwing out very dangerous information, the targets will be painted on every pit bull in the back the area …

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

I am also surprised at the SAPS – why now? At the Cape you have a serious pit bull problem in the sense that you have owners who own these dogs for the wrong reasons.

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

They are very irresponsible … If it’s not dogs that tear up other dogs or your dog is fighting, then there are dogs that get out and mangle people, and when victims go to the police they are turned away.

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

Rautenbach says she finds it very interesting that in the Manenberg case the police are focused on pit bulls, while in cases where there is evidence of a person being beaten, applicants are turned away.

“Do you know how many case files are lost in the hands of the SAPS when it comes to dog fighting and other abuse?”

Every existing breed of dog was bred for a specific job, she notes, such as border collies, to tend sheep.

It’s an unpleasant truth … The American pit bull terrier was bred for one cause and that was the dog versus dog fight … A cat would have no chance and there would be no need to feed a pit bull a cat’s heart. It won’t make the dog more aggressive.

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

Rautenbach talks about why pit bulls are “fantastic” dogs, but warns that their fighting nature cannot be eradicated.

Society is to blame for painting pity as a pet for everyone, which it is not, she stresses.

The American pit bull terrier is Not the ideal family dog. These dogs were never bred as pets. But in a responsible home that accepts the pit bull for what he is and what he is not, they are phenomenal.

Lins Rautenbach, former press officer – Pit Bull Federation of South Africa

Scroll to the beginning of the article to hear Rautenbach’s insights into the breed


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