Three bogus SPCA employees rob Terenure home

THREE people posing as employees of the SPCA has robbed a house in Terenure on Monday.

The incident urged the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) to issue an urgent appeal to residents to be extra cautious when permitting access to private property.

Jaco Pieterse, spokesperson for the NSPCA, said it was reported that one of the individuals claimed to be a veterinarian.

It is believed the three were driving a green vehicle. Unfortunately the vehicle make and registration number is unknown at this stage.

“All SPCA inspectors are obliged to wear full uniform with SPCA insignia and the vehicle used will always be branded with SPCA insignia. Should you have doubt that the inspector is indeed from the SPCA, we advise you contact the local SPCA office to confirm that the inspector is indeed from the SPCA, or request a copy of the inspector’s magisterial authorisation,” Pieterse said.

This document will be signed by the local magistrate.

“It is sad that individuals are using the good name of the SPCA to commit criminal activities. SPCA inspectors also run the risk of not being able to perform their duties to assist animals when members of the public become distrustful of our organisation.

“We urge members of the public to contact the NSPCA immediately on 011 907 3590 should they come across a person wearing SPCA insignia and it is felt that the person is not from the SPCA, or unable to provide satisfactory identification.”

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