Paralysed woman's dog poisoned (shortened)

Days after Pat Beckmann was paralysed by a robber's bullet, her family
dog has been poisoned.
The family woke up on Sunday to find their dog, Jacey, battling to
breathe in the lounge of their Constantia Park home, metres from where
Beckmann was shot.
Beckmann was shot and paralysed on Wednesday last week as she ran to
help her husband, Colin, who was wrestling with two gunmen in their garden.
She said they found that Jacey had vomited all over the garden.
Van Tonder said the police believed that their dog had been poisoned
with the pesticide Aldicarb, commonly known as "one step".
"It is clear that whoever shot my mom did this to our dog and really
wants to get into our house. They think nothing of killing, maiming and
terrorising. They will do anything and everything to get what is ours,
but for what?" she asked.
Van Tonder said the perpetrators were ruling their lives through fear.
"They are dictating how we live. They are ruining our lives and are in
complete control.'
"It feels as though we have no say over how we live and there is nothing
anyone can do about it," she said.

* *This article was originally published on page 1 of **Pretoria
News* <http://www.pretorianews.co.za/>* on July 20, 2009 *


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