man who used a chain-saw to behead his young dog fled a Delmas court with his tail between his legs after appearing on a charge of cruelty to animals.
Delmas — Phillip Matthysen fled when Beeld’s photographer moved in for a close-up after his brief court appearance.
Matthysen, who lives on a small-holding at Sundra, has been provisionally charged with animal abuse following the gruesome incident at his home on February 22 this year.
The police said his four-month-old husky died painfully. Apparently he attacked it because it had killed his macaw parrot.
Alex Serate (31), Matthysen’s gardener, allegedly held the husky down while Matthysen sliced through its head with a petrol-driven chain-saw.
Neighbours who heard the dog crying and whimpering witnessed the incident and summoned the police.
The husky’s carcass had already been buried when two police officers arrived at the smallholding.
Leon van Vrede of the Sundra police confirmed the incident. “Two witnesses phoned and reported what had happened,” he said.
The two men were arrested on February 23, a day after the incident, and both were later freed on bail.
Matthysen and his attorney Dirk Maree refused to speak to Beeld.
Prosecutor Gustav Schult said a formal charge sheet will be prepared once the court receives a report by a veterinary surgeon. The case has been rescheduled for a hearing on July 24.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals expressed its disgust at the action.
National spokeswoman Christine Kuch said the way in which the dog was murdered was very worrying.
“This dog was killed in a horrifying manner. The motive seems to have been revenge,” she said.