Lattis Security Company has been ordered to pay a $200 fine on or before Friday next week or risk having its property attached after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
BY nQOBILE NKIWANE
The company, which was represented by Artwell Magombedze from the dog base department, had initially pleaded not guilty before Mbare magistrate Gladys Moyo.
In passing the sentence, Moyo said she had taken into consideration that Lattis Security Company had caused unnecessary suffering to the dog and that the animal had to be killed.
“Your company uses dogs in the execution of its duties and profit-making purpose and should, therefore, take good care of them,” Moyo said.
The court heard that on November 30 last year, an employee of Zimbabwe Society of National, Special Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA), during his routine inspection along Lyton Road, came across the dog with an untreated fractured hind leg roaming the streets.
The court further heard that Matheas Tengaruinwa, who was representing ZNSPCA, identified the dog as Mary and that it belonged to Lattis Security Company.
The State alleged that on the day in question, the security company had abandoned the dog and denied it food, water and shelter.
However, in their defence, Magombedze told the court that the dog had bolted out of the cage and they were actually looking for it.
In mitigation, Magombedze apologised on behalf of the company.
“I would like to apologise before the court and also acknowledge what ZNSPCA has done,” he said.
Vincent Chikerema appeared for the State.