Justice time for dog buried alive – accused men in court
The trial of two men accused of burying a dog alive on the sports field of a Cape Town school, begins on Friday 13th January.
Poto Mfengu and Mkhumbuzi Ncedana, janitors at the Luhlaza Secondary High School in Khayelitsha, are charged under the animal cruelty act and will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.
In October 2011, in one of the worst ever reported cases of animal abuse in Cape Town the dog was rescued after being buried alive in a pit at Luhlaza. “Warrior” as the partially disabled dog was subsequently named, was rescued by staff of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.
The clinic was alerted to the animal’s plight after two men had been spotted digging a hole on the perimeter of the school sports field, and then burying a live dog in it.
Heartbreaking pictures of “Warrior” being disinterred from a deep grave made headlines around the world creating public outrage and highlighting the plight of stray and abandoned animals.
“Sadly the case of Warrior is not unique. All over the world where animal welfare takes a back seat, people make cruel and often distressing choices in managing their pet populations and solving issues of “problem” animals,” said Lisa Cant-Haylett, Campaign’s Officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) which funds Mdzananda, the only full-time on site veterinary facility in Khayelitsha.
“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. We need more animal welfare support and humane education initiatives in our townships and schools and we need government and lawmakers to pay more attention to these issues,” said Cant-Haylett.
About Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Mdzananda Animal Clinic was founded in 1996. It provides the only permanent, on site animal welfare support to Khayelitsha outside Cape Town, and provides primary veterinary healthcare to dogs and cats in the community. For more information visit www.mdzananda.co.za. Follow us on Facebook.
About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.