A dog rescued from a one-metre grave along Jacks Road in Missionvale, Port Elizabeth, where it was apparently buried for more than 12 hours with just one side of it’s face visible, has died.
Police and animal welfare authorities have now launched an investigation into possible animal abuse in what some of them described as the worst case they had ever seen.
The cross-breed was discovered by a passerby who heard it yelping on Monday afternoon, who then called the Animal Anti-Cruelty League.
A fieldworker dispatched to the scene got the surprise of her life when she touched the dog’s head, thinking it was dead, and it moved. The fieldworker and members of the community quickly dug the poor animal free and the dog was taken to a vet, who put him on a drip in an attempt to rehydrate him.
“Unfortunately, despite our attempts to save him, he passed away during the night,” the fieldworker said.
“When we found the dog, neighbours told us he belonged to a man who lived about 4m from the grave. No one was home at that stage but the neighbour confirmed that he had heard the dog screaming the night before.”
Wagner said they had been told the dog tried to steal meat from its owner’s plate and that is why he was beaten and buried.
Police spokesman Captain Johan Rheeder confirmed that a case of animal abuse had been opened at the Algoa Park police station and that the owner was the prime suspect. He said police were