Buried dog finds new home

2012-01-28 12:54
Cape Town - A mongrel that was buried alive by two school janitors in Khayelitsha last year has found a new home in Cape Town's southern suburbs.

Jane Levinson, from the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha, said the dog, named Warrior by rescuers, had been adopted by a journalist.

"Warrior is now called Lily and lives in Claremont," she said.

The animal, estimated to be between two and three years old, was in good health.

Her new owner, the columnist and poet Helen Walne, wrote on Mdzananda's facebook page that Lily had put on five kilograms since being rescued and was also stretching a lot.

"I think her back leg muscles have now got strong enough to allow this and she can't get enough of showing off her new downward dog skills," Walne wrote.

The janitors, Poto Mfengu and Mkhumbuzi Ncedana, will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on March 26 charged with animal cruelty.

They allegedly buried the dog, which looks like a greyhound-fox terrier cross, in a deep pit on a field at Luhlaza Secondary School on October 20.

The dog was dug out after about 30 minutes by Mdzananda staff after a tipoff from someone who saw what the men were doing.

Levinson said the animal clinic was preparing extensive evidence for the court case.

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