Beaten to death, skinned and left to hang by a piece of wire on a washing line: This is the grisly and disturbing scene trainee inspector Werner Taljaard of the Lower South Coast SPCA came across at a house in Ambleside Road, Port Shepstone.
Fat from the monkey was hanging on the fence to dry.
Mr Taljaard had received a phone call from a pedestrian who saw the monkey hanging from the washing line.
When he questioned the person reportedly responsible for killing the animal, the man said he had hit the monkey once on the head with a broomstick.
However, the veterinary report and X-rays revealed a different story – the monkey had suffered severe trauma and multiple fractures to the skull.
Both its front legs and tail were broken.
All the animal’s organs had been removed, and it had been skinned.
“The vet’s report revealed that the young animal had suffered a terribly painful death,” said trainee officer Taljaard.
Police spokesman Captain Gerald Mfeka confirmed that a case of animal cruelty had been opened at Port Shepstone police station.
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