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Thursday, January 31, 2013


Veterinarians for Animal Welfare (VAWZ) Inspectors last week managed to apprehend the notorious puppy vendor, Rickson Madanhire. Reacting to a report from a member of the public,  Senior Inspector Taka and Vet Nurse Ncube were able to handcuff Madanhire behind O.K. Mart in Braeside. The two puppies in his possession, both wild terrible wounds on their heads  from ‘fly-strike’ were immediately taken to a veterinary surgery for examination and treatment. Madanhire was taken to Braeside Police Station where he was kept for the mandatory 48 hours. Since Madanhire is a repeat offender, thorough investigations carried out with assistance from Z.R.P. Borrowdale, Marlborough, Avondale, Mbare, Rhodesville, Southerton, and Highlands revealed that previous fines ($90,00) and two terms of community service (210 hrs and 105 hrs) had not been completed – there was also a warrant of arrest issued from Mbare Police Station along with a suspended six month jail sentence from a previous court appearance. In addition to charges of contravening The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Madanhire also had charges of assault leveled against him. With all this information at hand, VAWZ Inspectors held a meeting with the Public Prosecutor explaining the seriousness of the crime and  requesting that Madanhire finally be made to pay for his cruel actions. At the court hearing, the Judge sentenced Madanhire to six months in jail.  VAWZ applauds his decision and  acknowledges  and appreciates the assistance received from the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Public Prosecutor and members of the public. Puppy vendors can be reported to VAWZ on cell nos.: 0778431528 / 0773476009 /0775722449 or landline 253185 -7.

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