Man caught castrating cat on dining room table


A man who posed as a veterinarian was arrested after he tried to castrate a cat on the owner’s dining room table.

The incident took place about two weeks ago and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) immediately brought it to the attention of the Cape of Good Hope Animal Protection Association (SPBA).

Shortly afterwards, the SPCA filed a case with the police and filed a complaint of unethical behavior with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC).

The man was arrested on Friday and appeared in court on Monday where his bail application was rejected. He will appear in court again on July 31.

According to the SPCA, the owner of the black-and-white cat, called Howard, enlisted the “veterinarian’s” help two weeks before to castrate her cat.

The man reportedly sedated Howard, but according to his owner, he “constantly recoiled”.

“She also noticed that there were excessive cuts on her cat’s scrotum and that it took a lot of effort to expose the cat’s testes,” says the SPCA.

About two to three hours after the surgery was completed, Howard began to bleed profusely. He was taken to a private veterinary practice in Rondebosch where he was stabilized. He was transferred to the PDSA on 13 July.

“The findings of the qualified vet who examined Howard at the PDSA are appalling and leave us in no doubt that the person who performed the procedure was not competent to do so,” says Jaco Pieterse, chief inspector of the SPCA.

The examination on Howard showed that he was severely dehydrated and had lost a lot of blood. In addition, he endured a lot of pain, his scrotal area was poorly shaved and there were many bruises visible.

“It was clear that there was a serious oversight in the procedure,” says Pieterse.

“Howard endured unnecessary pain and suffering caused by a very low standard of surgery. He could have died as a result.”

Since the SPCA filed a case and the man was arrested, it has come to light that the accused is an animal health technician at a well-known private veterinary practice.

“Although it is convenient, it is highly unlikely that anyone willing to treat, sterilize or even vaccinate your pet via a home visit is a qualified veterinarian,” says Pieterse.

“As a pet owner, it is your duty to protect your pets and ensure they receive qualified care when needed.

“We hope that the man’s arrest and the upcoming criminal case will serve as a warning to anyone who wants to defraud people and make a quick buck by offering services for which they are not trained.”

Howard survived the incident and is now back with his owners.