“When I close my eyes, I see Gunther lying there,” said Carina Nel of her experience. “I cried so much.”
She paid a local company R91 to bury her pet.
“When my husband (Niel) and I got to the dump, we saw a paw sticking out and knew it was Gunther. If you live for eight years with a dog, you know every part of his body. Gunter’s golden hairs were also sticking through the layer of dirt. When Niel lifted the dog’s head, we saw it really was Gunther.”
Gunter died on July 3 after he was presumably poisoned.
The local animal hospital had a contract with Sannie and Roly Nel to bury dead animals on their property outside the town or to cremate them, as the Ditsobotla municipality no longer had the land available.
Carina Nel visited this property on Tuesday afternoon after it emerged last week that children had discovered a dump in which cats and dogs and other animals lay unburied on a heap. Some of the animals still had IV drips and bandages attached to them.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed that two police officials had visited the scene on Friday. They went back to Sannie Nel, who works at the local animal hospital, that same day. She then agreed to bury the animals.
On Wednesday she denied that the animals' bodies were ever left uncovered in a dump, and said she didn’t know of any children who had found the animal bodies.
“Jackals sometimes dig up carcasses. We are not cruel people who would throw dogs on a heap.”
She also didn’t believe that the dog that Carina Nel had found was Gunther because “the dog looked fresh” and wasn’t swollen.
All animal carcasses will be burnt in future.
Dr Anton Nel, veterinarian at the animal hospital, said on Wednesday he was extremely shocked and revolted by the “unacceptable” events.
“We are not involved at all with the burial process. We simply act as go-betweens for the Nels. The amount (R91), which people pay to bury their dogs or cremate them, is paid over like that to the Nels. The Nels take the animals away themselves.”