Dog buried alive, survives

Comment on this story
IOL news oct 21 SA ct dog 2 (20194301) (20201250) Mzananda Animal Clinic Warrior, a crossbreed, was found buried alive in a pit on a school sportsfield. After a tip-off, a vet and Animal Welfare carer rushed to the school where they rescued the dog and took her to safety.

A dog, found buried alive in a Khayelitsha school sportsfield, has been named Warrior by her rescuers.

In what has been dubbed “one of the worst reported cases of animal abuse in Cape Town yet”, the dog was rescued on Thursday morning after it was found buried alive in a pit at Luhlaza Secondary School.

Two suspects were arrested by police late Thursday afternoon.

Photographs show the dog being dug out of the pit, its small, sand-covered face peering at its rescuers.

Christine Pretorius, spokeswoman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told the Cape Times the dog had recovered well from the ordeal.

“The dog’s fine. It’s in good condition. It’s eating ravenously now. The dog is slightly disabled, probably as a result of earlier injuries from a motor vehicle accident. It is limping quite badly. It’s got a lot of sand in its eyes and they’ll continue to flush it out.”

IOL news oct 21 ct dog in hole (20201251) Warrior, a crossbreed, was found buried alive in a pit on a school sportsfield. After a tip-off, a vet and Animal Welfare carer rushed to the school where they rescued the dog and took her to safety. MDZANANDA ANIMAL CLINIC

She said the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha had received an anonymous tip-off at 8.30am to say that janitors at the Luhlaza Secondary School had allegedly been spotted digging a hole on the perimeter of the sportsfield and burying a live dog in it.

“Veterinarian Dr Edson Man’Ombe and Animal Welfare carer Lazola Sotyingwa immediately rushed to the school and apprehended two janitors on the school field. The men initially claimed the dog was dead, but on further questioning admitted the animal was still alive when they buried it,” Pretorius said.

“They said one of the school’s senior supervisors had told them to get rid of the dog as it was being a nuisance by hanging around the classrooms.”

Man’Ombe and Sotyingwa then instructed the men to open the pit and the dog, a crossbreed, was found barely alive at the bottom of a hole between one and 1.5m deep.

It was rushed to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic and the care of professional veterinarians. Pretorius said the names of the janitors, and the supervisor who allegedly told them to dispose of the dog, were known to the clinic and a criminal complaint had been lodged at the Lingelethu Police Station in Khayelitsha.

Police arrested two 59-year-old men yesterday, spokesman Frederick van Wyk said.

IOL news oct 21 SA ct dog4 (20194311) (20201252) Warrior, a crossbreed, was found buried alive in a pit on a school sportsfield. After a tip-off, a vet and Animal Welfare carer rushed to the school where they rescued the dog and took her to safety. Mdzananda Animal Clinic

The two would appear in court after they had been charged.

“The incident was reported this morning and a case of Animal Protection Act Torturing or animal cruelty was opened for investigation.”

Bronagh Casey, spokeswoman for Education MEC Donald Grant, said: “We are horrified by this incident and our district office is investigating.”

Jane Levinson, clinic co-ordinator at Mdzananda, said the incident showed there was a need for more animal welfare support and humane education initiatives in townships and schools.

“This story is tragic and, as awful as this story is, without access to animal welfare these are the kinds of desperate measures people resort to when they have nowhere to turn for help,” Levinson said. “None of this excuses the decision of a senior, and presumably educated and intelligent supervisor, to instruct his juniors to dispose of a problem dog in such a cruel fashion.

“We can only hope that none of the pupils at the school were exposed to this horrific event.” - Cape Times

[email protected]


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Cynthia Scionti, wrote

IOL Comments
07:48am on 26 October 2011
IOL Comments

Hope these sickos get what they deserve!

Report this

IOL Comments

Douglas Casula - Brasil, wrote

IOL Comments
02:20pm on 25 October 2011
IOL Comments

Congratulations, while there is some wonderful people (who managed to save the dog) have people who are showing that they are less worms.

Report this

IOL Comments

Nicky, wrote

IOL Comments
07:06am on 25 October 2011
IOL Comments

A nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ~Gandhi

Report this

IOL Comments

eish, wrote

IOL Comments
06:34am on 25 October 2011
IOL Comments

SA is rotten, rotten to the core.

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
02:36am on 25 October 2011
IOL Comments

Disgusting and shocking. This cruelty should be dealt with the same as if the attack had been on humans. Life is life.

Report this

IOL Comments

Robyn, wrote

IOL Comments
11:18am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

This inciden has been reorted in overseas newspapers aswell- is this the example SA wants to send out? Barbaric, disgusting & pathetic excuse for a human being. Someone shuld burry them alive & not rescue them. No amount of education will rectify people like this.

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
09:40am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

Just goes to show again, the stupidity, ignorance and barbaric nature of mankind! People like this should be punished the same way as if they had done this to a human being! Why should the treatment be any different just because its an animal! In fact, torturing an animal is the same as child abuse. Both are defenseless and vulnerable and undeserving of malice and so punishment should be exactly the same! When will we ever learn to start treating other species with respect!!

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
09:05am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

We are always so appalled at these monsters actions and then we forget about it until the next time - why don't we practise what we preach - "do unto others what you want them to do to you" - so bury those sickos alive for an hour and then take them (if they are still alive) maybe then others will think twice to do the same - let's face it SA will never bring back the death penalty so where does it leave defenceless old people, young children and animals? They rape - cut it off, they torture their victims - do the exactly the same to them, why in some countries if you steal they cut your hand off trust me you would think twice of committing a crime knowing the same is going to hapen to you - forget the criminal's rights!

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
08:46am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

oh,this is realy sad.

Report this

IOL Comments

Kate Kenner, wrote

IOL Comments
03:35am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

If you haven't learned respect and compassion for others, including animals, by age 59 when do you learn it? What they have done is reprehensible and should not go unpunished.

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
01:27am on 24 October 2011
IOL Comments

Although animal cruely happens the world over, this incident reflects very badly on South Africa. The school board need to consider how they can educate the staff and children of the school concerned about animal welfare. I thought China held the record for tortuous acts against animals but this one really is beyond belief. I hope those involved will be severely dealt with.

Report this

IOL Comments

Patrizia Scally, wrote

IOL Comments
03:10pm on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

The cruelty of man kind have no limitation. VERY DISTURBING

Report this

IOL Comments

Margret, wrote

IOL Comments
01:28pm on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

Didn't they have an animal shelter to take it to. Any person in their right mind would think of that first. Maybe they should do the same thing to these men. Have people forgotten we are all creatures of God?

Report this

IOL Comments

harri, wrote

IOL Comments
11:06am on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

The 3 men involved in this disgusting act should be dealt with in a way that will make others think twice about perpetrating this sort of crime. Let the punishment fit the crime - fair and square!

Report this

IOL Comments

worsie, wrote

IOL Comments
09:25am on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

I had to put my first puppy down due to kidney failure. After holding her whilst the vet put her to sleep I then buried her in my garden. I had sleepless nights feeling so sorry for her down there under the earth, although she was gone. How on earth can people do this to a live animal and not be totally distraught at that poor animal's suffering? I am beyond words and it shames me that this attitude to living things exists in our society. May you face hell one day very soon. And to the doggy - I hope you find your kind loving forever home very soon and know what it is to have warmth and light.

Report this

IOL Comments

Cataranthus, wrote

IOL Comments
07:39am on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

By the way, this type of animal abuse is NOT uncommon in South Africa and is not restricted to the uneducated: read "Slaughter of the innocents" by Hans Ruesch to see the kinds of savagery practiced on animals by researchers in academic institutions, It will make you sick to your stomach!

Report this

IOL Comments

Dora Ponce, wrote

IOL Comments
02:34am on 23 October 2011
IOL Comments

The following comment says they claim the supervisor instructed them...if so, shouldn't that person be charged as well? I'm so glad this dog will now have a better life than he ever had and hope those perps get the maximum penalty they allow there. “They said one of the school’s senior supervisors had told them to get rid of the dog as it was being a nuisance by hanging around the classrooms.”

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
11:01am on 22 October 2011
IOL Comments

Anyone reeling up the apartheidsegregation issues here to justify the horror of what happened to this dog and many other horrors we read about, just zip it, because its not relevant here. This is an issue about how inhumane people have become and we are talking about 'Mans Best Friend'.... but what would uncultured, illiterate people who dig holes for harmless dogs know? It has nothing to do with black, white or pink, it has to do with mentality.......I agree, chop them up and let the dogs eat them because they deserve even less than that!

Report this

IOL Comments

Anonymous, wrote

IOL Comments
06:53am on 22 October 2011
IOL Comments

This type of animal abuse is unusual in South Africa. I am horrified to see that it now exists. Please don't let this country follow the terrible example we set here in America, where animal abuse of the most horrific type is fairly common. Hope this little dog survives and is adopted.

Report this

IOL Comments

Valerie, wrote

IOL Comments
06:47am on 22 October 2011
IOL Comments

there is animal cruelty in all parts of the world. no race or sex is immune. no cruelty of any kind in any part of the world should be tolerated. what these people did is no worse than dog fighting or the way some countries are cruel to dogs by skinning them alive for food. in the USA there are so many dogs being starved to death in the cities. but i do agree that if cruelty is not punished it will continue and it will get worse.

Report this

IOL Comments

Showing items 1 - 20 of 71