- Mar 26, 2010
Pretoria - A Divorcing woman asked that her estranged husband be fined R20 000 for contempt of court because, among other things, he did not fully pay for their dogs Ollie and Sadie’s needs.
The woman, whom the court remarked “in some respects seems to have been unattractively intent on extracting more than her pound of flesh”, cannot be named because a bitter divorce is looming.
She complained because he failed to pay fully for the R1500 dog food, and on occasions did not pay the R1000 a month dog walkers’ bill.
Apart from this, she said, Ollie was not well and was on monthly medication, which she expected her husband to pay fully. This is apart from the monthly vet bills and the pet care toiletries.
The Western Cape High Court earlier ruled that pending the divorce, the husband had to pay R1500 towards the dogs. But the dispute now arose whether this amount was only for the dog food or whether it included his entire liability towards the dogs’ costs.
In her latest contempt application for him not honouring his financial obligations, the wife said she actually wanted him to pay R5600 a month in respect of the dogs.
This amount is made up as R1500 for food, R2500 for medical costs, R1000 for a dog walker, and R600 for pet care/toiletries.
Additionally, she sought an order that the husband be liable to pay "all out-of-pocket veterinary charges, as well as medical, dental and related costs and charges" not covered by the above amounts.
All of this was over and above her claim for monthly cash maintenance for herself.
A court earlier ruled that she must receive a cash payment of R10000 for herself.
A long list of additional costs which he had to pay was also stipulated. This included all the maintenance costs of the Mitsubishi Pajero vehicle she was driving.
Apart from this, the husband also had to pay a set amount for the maintenance of the pool.
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