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.

  • Betweenuandme - 2012-01-28 13:02

    From Khayelitsha to Claremont - one lucky dog!

  • Haley - 2012-01-28 13:27

    Ah shame, good news for the poor dog :)

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-28 14:13

    What a barbarian specie are they not .They are just on this earth to test our faith.Burry them alive.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-01-28 14:15

    Great for the dog, but 01/100 for the journo who wrote this. Helen has had the dog since last year and written about the dog in her column. Only "NEW" thing is the weight the doggie has put on. Good on you Helen.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-28 14:28

    Bury them alive and DONT rescue them! This kind of sick behaviour has no place in human culture so those two cannot be human! Its heartwarming to know there are people out there who will give love and kindness to an animal who so desperately needs it! Helen thank you for your kindness and the joy that Lily will give you will be immeasurable!

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-28 14:36

    That's old news. Some time ago already in the newspaper Beeld WITH a photo of the lucky doggie. Would be nice if News 24 could make use of more photos with their articles. Not so good news for the whistle blower though,apparently she lost her job, their excuse being less pupils in school so they needed less personnel in the kitchen.

  • Scouter - 2012-01-28 14:37

    Is there no mindless cruelty beyond these barbarians?

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  • lotz.ilse - 2012-01-28 16:47

    I read somewhere that what people do to animals they are capable of doing to humans too, and so charges of animal cruelty should be taken far more seriously than they, in fact, are. All serial killers start off by hurting animals and go from there, etc. I hope these two individuals face serious consequences for their callous deed.

  • Alva - 2012-01-28 17:26

    Happy ending.

  • Penny - 2012-01-28 17:27

    Lily now lives down the road from me, what i found distressing about the court case is the noble woman who reported the incident in the first place, went on to say that she would not do it again, as it wasn't worth it and as result lost her job. How sad that her moral compass was working and she did the right thing but next time is willing to look the other way. Wish someone would speak to her and thank her for doing the right thing and offer her a job and praise

      Jeanette - 2012-01-30 17:57

      She deserves some sort of award and at this stage I guess a few rand would help her

  • Eddie - 2012-01-28 17:29

    I admire you for this, dogs give much more than they receive, especially from the low lifes that did this. May they be buried alive, I'll do the deed.

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-01-28 18:05

    It will be too much to hope for I suppose, that those cruel bastards have lost their jobs and will face a harsh punishment for what they did. I only wish I could spend ten minutes with them. No need for a trial. Just a funeral... although I suppose that would mean some other poor animal would get tortured to death to "honour" the deceased. Oh god but I feel so full of hate and racism. I wish there was just one or two redeeming qualities in the majority of the human race.

  • Mia - 2012-01-28 20:38

    Ghandi said that the greatness of a nation can be measured by the way it treats it's animals....that being so...South Africa is in trouble...

  • paula.calitz - 2012-01-28 20:43

    They must do the same thing to the two cruel monsters, as they did to the dog.

  • zee.kimble - 2012-01-28 22:30

    I have NO compassion for a human being that can do something so cruel to a defenseless animal. I believe if you are capable of committing such cruelty against animals you have it in you to do so to people. Put the f**kers away!!!

  • Mel - 2012-01-29 08:29

    Awww the wee darling xxxx

  • Christopher - 2012-01-30 10:31

    Hope they hang those two bastards who buried that poor dog alive. If that's not possible because of their 'human' rights, at least bury tyem alive in a deep pit too.

  • Rita Louise Afeltra - 2013-05-21 15:23

    Can anyone pleae assist with information on the court case (for the principal) that was supposed to have taken place on 10 May 2013 - what was the outcome?

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