VIDEO: SPCA lays charges against boys for killing dog

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CAPE TOWN 26 July 2016 - The SPCA has laid criminal charges against eight young boys for killing a dog. The incident was caught on cellphone. In it, the group of boys from Manenberg in Cape Town,? is seen torturing the dog just before hanging it.

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CAPE TOWN - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has laid criminal charges against eight young boys for killing a dog. 

The incident was caught on a cellphone.

In the video, the group of boys from Manenberg in Cape Town are seen torturing the dog before hanging and stoning it to death.

Aged between seven and 17, the young boys drag the dog with a nylon rope into an open field. 

They have brought along their pit-bull, which they force to attack the other dog. 

One of the boys is heard in the footage saying to the dog: "Shame. You’re going to die, today. You’re going to die, not tomorrow. Today.”

After several minutes of torture, the dog was hanged from a tree before it was taken down, still alive, and pelted with large bricks until it died.

The SPCA was alerted after the video emerged on social media. It said the boys need to be taught a lesson.

"We’ve been able to identify the perpetrators... all of the children that were seen in the video, as well as the child that was actually filming it. We have  opened a case with the Manenberg police station," said Belinda Abraham of Good Hope SPCA.

At least one clinical psychologist believes that the animals are not the only victims here.

"It’s not so straight upward that when you hurt an animal you’ll become a mass murderer let’s say. But we have to take that into account, your environment, you socio-economic status, all those play a role.

"And often we see that children who hurt animals have been victims of violence themselves or they have been witnesses to violence,” said clinical psychologist Talya Ressel.

The group faces charges of contraventing the Animal Cruelty Act.