After a number of dog poisonings had hit the area last week, the Johannesburg police managed to arrest a man carrying housebreaking tools and a large quantity of poisoned meat allegedly linking him with those offences in Florida.
A welfare organisation founder, Cora Bailey, reported the matter to the police after more than 40 dogs had been poisoned in the suburb within a week.
“Children were also at risk should they consume contaminated items,” Bailey warned the residents.
Luckily, the threat was neutralised in the early hours of Wednesday last week, when the Apcan security officers detained a suspicious man on the street. During the search, the officers seized housebreaking tools and the meat allegedly tainted with poison commonly known as “two-step”.
The Apcan had informed the police and the law enforcers responded swiftly to the scene and arrested the man.
The 43-year-old suspect had already appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
According to police spokesperson Sergeant Mpho More, the perpetrator is charged with violation of the Animal Protection Act, and possession of housebreaking implements and stolen property.
The image below shows one of the alleged victims of the poisoner.