Principal fined for burying dog alive

2013-06-25 10:56

A school principal has been fined R3 000 for ordering a janitor to bury a dog alive on school grounds in Khayelitsha.

The Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court, in Cape Town, convicted Manono Makhaphela on two charges of neglect, torture and cruelty, and one of causing an animal unnecessary harm, the Cape Times reported today.

Half of the fine was suspended, meaning Makhaphela had to pay only R1 500 before being released. He was ordered to attend a rehabilitation programme.

The Luhlazo Secondary High School principal reportedly instructed cleaner Elliott Mfengu and colleague Mkhumbazi Ncedana to bury the dog because it defecated on the grounds in October 2011.

The Cape Times reported that a woman saw them digging a hole and reported them to an animal clinic.

Animal investigators opened the hole and found the dog, barely alive, inside.

The newspaper reported that the janitors were charged with animal cruelty and had finished serving a sentence of 150 hours of community service at the Khayelitsha clinic.

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