Comedian facing animal cruelty charges

2012-05-10 16:01
Cape Town - Comedian Mark Sampson is expected to be charged with animal cruelty for allegedly chopping off the head of a cat, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Argus reported that Sampson apparently ended the cat's life in November because it was critically injured after being attacked by his dogs on his property.

"I am an animal lover and empathetic person. The cat was suffering greatly and it upset me very much. I took what I thought to be the most appropriate course of action," he told the newspaper.

Sampson said an operator at the National Council of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) unofficially advised him to put the cat down so it would not suffer.

However, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA CEO Allan Perrins denied Sampson's claim and said he would advise an inspector to come up with charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

The cat's owner and Sampson's neighbour, Jeannot Nelson, said she was waiting for the comedian to admit he had wronged.

"What he should have done is get the cat to a vet," she said.


  • brenda.cummings1 - 2012-05-10 16:09

    What?! You should have taken the cat to the vet!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-10 16:20

      The sad thing is that people will be more irate by putting down a cat in pain than about the guy who put down his own mother. Don't be cruel to animals, but keep perspective.

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-05-10 16:48

      Yet you condone... cutting the jugulars and the airpipe of a sheep, not severing the neck totally, so it lives long enough to bleed to death... for a Sunday roast... Hippocrates...

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-05-10 16:54

      A real man will do what must be done. If you come from a farm, it is part of everyday live, putting suffering animals down. A bunch of city slickers will go on News24 and air their disgust. I am disgusted at you lot, for not having the b@lls to do the honorable thing. Shame shame shame on you.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-10 17:10

      @jacobus.hendrikse - Surely you mean "hypocrites"? Hippocrates was the dude that said "First do no harm"...

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-10 17:17

      To the vet with the injured Cat Mark Sampson, Even a comedian should know this........

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-10 20:16

      Suddenly tama/bluzulu you are an animal expert too which part of: "I am an animal lover and empathetic person. The cat was suffering greatly and it upset me very much. I took what I thought to be the most appropriate course of action," dont you understand?

      Martin - 2012-05-11 08:51

      I WILL DO THE SAME, yeah handle the animal that could have spinal damage, that is breathing through possible holes in its lungs, rush it to a vet, who will make you fill out forms and wanna know who is paying, which could take up to two hours of unnecessary suffering,, putting it down by decapitation is just as humane as lethal injection, it just looks grusome. hmmmm animal cruelty i think not

      Jean - 2012-05-11 09:32

      Hahaha all of you come across as these rational thinkers behind your pc's and phones but what will you do if your neighbor comes to you and say 'my dogs seriously injured your pet but I was good enough by taking the cat out of its misery by chopping of its head'. Will you still be fine with you decapitated pet? Will you react calmly if he stands with the pet's body in one hand and other the head?! I highly doubt if I see how quickly us south Africans can bitch! Fine the comedian cos he could have broken the cats neck, I mean what did he use? A kitchen knife?

  • Seducect - 2012-05-10 16:12

    I am disgusted by his action!

      nick.joubert.3 - 2012-05-10 17:00

      So, rather let the cat suffer in agony until it succumbs to a painful death is what you'd rather have? Or do what he did and end it quickly? Not that I condone his method, but really?

      koo.doyle - 2012-05-11 07:50

      It depends entirely on how badly injured the cat was, and how long it would have taken to get to a vet. If it was injured beyond saving, and in great pain, then I think he did the right thing, as abhorrent as it may seem.

  • bareng - 2012-05-10 16:23

    you joking right!!!?

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-05-10 16:30

    Absolute cr@p!!! He should have taken the cat to the closest vet to be put down or attended to medically, which ever was appropriate. Not just cut the poor little things head off.

      Alfred - 2012-05-10 16:37

      I disagree. I've been in a similar situation when my cat was hit by a car and the poor thing was completely mangled, you didn't need to be a vet to see there was no chance it was going to make it. Unfortunately I didn't have the balls to do what Mr Sampson did and put it out of its misery quickly, I should have. Instead I drove it to the vet and prolonged its agony before the inevitable. I'm not sure I agree with his method but as much as it sucks I think a bullet through the brain would have been much kinder to the animal.

      Saffa - 2012-05-10 16:57

      Agree with you 100% @Alfred. The cat would have already been in massive shock, dying a slow death. I doubt I would have had the 'guts' to do what this man did - even if I KNEW it was the most humane thing to do. Shooting the cat (if he even HAS a gun) poses all sorts of other issues - missed shots, multiple shots to the poor cat etc. Taking off the head pretty much guarantees an immediate release from suffering. Not saying I find these actions 'ideal' - but have any of you condemning this man ever seen a cat that has been mangled by dogs? Absolute cruelty to keep it alive for a second more than necessary. I find it interesting as well, that this chap DID CALL the SPCA during the incident, which surely gives his version some credibility?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-10 17:23

      Agree with you Alfred. Sometimes you have to kill to be kind. Some people can do it, others need to ask others to do it - like take it to a vet. It appears Sampson had it in him to do the deed himself, and he deserves respect for that. Why my previous comment was deleted, I'll never know...

  • Citroes - 2012-05-10 16:35

    I sincerely hope there's more to this story. If he did kill the cat in that way, then this mother f@cker needs to go to jail.

      Saffa - 2012-05-10 16:58

      The dogs in fact had already 'guatanteed the cat's death' - this man hastened the inevitable, nothing more....

      Wayne - 2012-05-10 18:15

      Makes me wonder if you read the whole story? I agree, maybe not the best way, but I think his intentions were honourable.

  • michelle.r.archer - 2012-05-10 16:35

    Take the cat to a vet and prolong its suffering???? I don't think that would have been the best course of action. I take my hat off to you Mark. Being an animal lover myself I can just imagine what Mark had to go through before making this decision. Think before you judge. None of us were there to see how the cat was suffering

      Citroes - 2012-05-10 16:38

      You can't think of a more humane way to euthanize the poor cat than chopping off its head? If you think this course of action is the right one, there's something seriously wrong with you.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-10 17:01

      Citroes - please describe this "more humane" way of putting down a kitten at home...

      Sam - 2012-05-10 17:04

      Citroes, what would be a more humane way to kill a mortally wounded animal on the spot? Tickling it to death? Beating it with soft cushions?

  • jomardl - 2012-05-10 16:46

    If the animal was dying and in pain, he probably did the right thing.

  • Frans - 2012-05-10 17:08

    Send the guy to prison for ending the suffering of a cat?!! Yeah!! Way to go. What was the cat doing on his property in the first place. Let the owner answer that question.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-10 17:13

      Ummm... cats walk around wherever they please. Ever tried to train a cat to stay on your property?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-10 17:31

      True Stirrer, but that is a risk you have when you own a cat. You can't blame the dog owner, the only way to protect cats would be to ban people from having dogs - that'd be an interesting one! My wifes cat got eaten by Crowned Eagles, in OUR own yard, I'm not going to call for the massacre of all eagles now.

  • Erna - 2012-05-10 17:19

    While I accept all your reasons which may seem logical to you, you must realise that pets are a highly emotional issue and as a cat lover and owner I would be devastated!

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-05-10 17:34

      You should get over yourself and think of the cat first in circumstances like these.

  • Carl - 2012-05-10 17:46

    He did the right thing! Charging him would be a waste of taxpayers money.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-05-10 18:09

    As an animal lover, I commend him for not putting this poor animal through further pain - who knows how far away the nearest vet is ? who knows what time it happened ? We all seem to be fine with wringing a chicken's neck or chopping it's head off - get some perspective people.

      npretorius2 - 2012-05-10 18:19

      I agree 100%! Its not like he killed it out of anger or to get a kick out of it. He did it to end the little animals suffering. Any animal lover would have done the same. You can see when an animal wont make it.

  • chaze.damonze - 2012-05-10 18:46

    Why is everyone saying his a bad guy for doing it? It may not be a lethal injection but it was stil kwik and painless... I would do the same if a cat had been mutilated by dogs and i am a cat person. Not a person who wil ride 2 sum expensive 24hr vet 4 them 2 say its gna die n then kill it themself...

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-05-10 19:22

    Ever heard of a vet???? Just because he is "a comedian" doesn't mean you have to condone what he did.. Hope karma comes back & bitchslaps him so hard!!! What an idiot!!!

  • sean.looney - 2012-05-10 20:09

    i am a MASSIVE animal lover and although i wouldn't have been able to do the same thing i commend this man! he ended the cats suffering in an instant, i fail to see the cruelty in that? what is cruel is people driving over cats and leaving them to die in the middle of traffic.. that is cruel!

  • Deon - 2012-05-10 21:28

    Well done, Mr Sampson. Was the best thing to do under the circumstances. Most people wouldn't be able to do that. And to all of you shooting him down, wait until you know the true facts. You don't know how severely the animal was injured nor what time of day it was nor how far away the nearest vet was. And to you, Jeannot Nelson, the one who is obviously stirring here and causing confict with your neighbour, secure your pets or take them to the vet yourself if they escape and are attacked!!

  • John Duncan - 2012-05-11 06:20

    Absolute rubbish ,all he was trying to do was save a vet bill ,and what he did was cruel He needs to be prosecuted

      Jill - 2012-05-11 12:46

      I am so saddedend at what this a/hole did and I agree what he did was cruel.... what if he had chopped at the cat's head and the first blow didn't do anything. Would he have continued to hack until the head was off?. A comment earlier on also said that had he taken the cat to the vet he would have prolonged its agony by filling in forms, who was paying etc Absolute rubbish!! The vet would have seen the patient immediately and put the patient out of his/her misery. Mr Sampson also hasn't explained why his dogs mauled the cat in the first place... are his dogs vicious? Perhaps we should investigate whethey his dogs have attacked other dogs or cats or people..... My thoughts go out to the owners of the cat and how devasted they must feel. I had to have my cat friend put down due to a serious illness and I know the devastation you feel and more so on how your friend died. Mr Sampson, you are a disgrace and thank goodness you are not my neighbour.

  • Stephen - 2012-05-11 07:26

    Chop this asswipes head off as he doesn't seem to use it much ,the bloody licker of night-soil.

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 08:53


  • chris.dickson.773 - 2012-05-11 09:59

    Cheap thrills for you sir. You gotta live with this one. (CREEP)

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-12 02:14

      Filthy comment from you, "Sir". And entirely devoid of common sense or reason.

  • ujozi.sales - 2012-05-11 17:44

    Typical South African mentality, why did he have to take the cat to the vet. We shirk our responsibilities so easily in this country. As for the SPCA you guys are not lilly white either, better to end its suffering immediately than prolong its agony while you guys are fiddling around trying to find out who's gonna pay the bill before you even look at the animal.

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