Cape Town-121230- A mixed breed male dog: [Booby], from Mfuleni, was brought to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha on Saturday [121229]. The dog was found unleashed, with his private parts cut off. The owner was on holiday in the Eastern Cape at the time of the incident, but immediately alerted authorities. Photo: Ross Jansen

Cape Town - A dog found castrated in Mfuleni last week, possibly for muti, has been treated and will go home soon.

The Cape Argus reported this week that Bobby had gone missing on Christmas Day.

When the owner returned from his other home in Town 2, Khayelitsha, he discovered that Bobby had been castrated. He then took his dog to an animal clinic in Khayelitsha.

On Wednesday, Lazola Sotyingwa of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic said their vet had operated on the dog and a catheter was inserted before the dog was stitched up again.

“The catheter is out now and the dog is still with us. We will probably send it home before the end of the week,” he said.

Sotyingwa said that he had been back to Mfuleni to speak to residents about the incident and many believed that the dog was castrated for its genitals to be used for muti.

Sotyingwa said that he wanted to get the police involved because the animal clinic did not have the capacity to investigate what happened: “If someone can do something like this to a dog, what will they do to a child?”

He said that there was also a need to educate residents about animal rights: “That’s why the owner came here first. He did not know he could lay a charge with the police… The more people know, the more they can respect animals.”

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