Man meets dog he buried alive

2013-04-15 10:15

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Cape Town - A man who buried a dog alive in Cape Town has been reunited with the canine at an animal clinic, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that the dog, named Lily, treated Poto Mfengu with indifference during the meeting at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

The dog was found gasping for air in a hole at a Khayelitsha school in October 2011. It emerged that two of the school's janitors, Mfengu and Mkhumbuzi Ncedana, had buried the animal alive.

Mfengu said later in court that they were ordered to bury the dog because it had made a mess of one of the classrooms.

They had wanted to take the dog outside the school gates, but were told to dig a hole near the tennis court and bury it there.

"I'm so glad to see she is fine. I never wanted to do what I did," said Mfengu.

"I was desperate to keep my job," he told The Cape Argus.

Both janitors recently completed 150 hours of community service at the clinic.

Mfengu had since decided to stay on at the clinic as a volunteer, and said he had finally found his calling.

The school principal Manono Makhaphela faces two charges of neglect, torture and cruelty for burying the dog and another charge of causing an animal unnecessary harm under the Animal Protection Act. He is expected to appear in court on 10 May.



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