Chief fines teacher for poisoning animals

2012-04-12 08:50
East London - An Eastern Cape village chief has ordered a schoolteacher to slaughter a cow to feed his community as a fine for allegedly poisoning 81 animals, the Daily Dispatch reported on Thursday.

The shocked chief of the Sityi village, in Middledrift, said the poisoning two weeks ago was "animal cruelty at its worst".

Police were also investigating a case of malicious damage to property against Sonwabile Ngxabazi, after he allegedly killed 36 dogs, 17 pigs and 28 chickens in the village, Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Sigobe told the newspaper.

Ngxabazi allegedly set a lethal trap for the animals after dogs in the village mauled seven of his pregnant goats.

"This was not the first incident. Last year the same dogs killed my calf, earlier this year they killed another goat. I was just tired of losing my livestock to dogs," Ngxabazi was quoted as saying.

He laced the carcasses of the goats with rat poison and placed them in a hole in his yard.

"At night my neighbour's dogs came and dug the meat out and dragged it on the village streets," he said.

The next day, villagers awoke to find dead animals lining the streets and yards.

Apart from fining Ngxabazi, the village chief also ordered him to apologise.

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