In the South African capital, Bloemfontein, rescuers were horrified on Friday night after a dog hit by a car but still alive was skinned by a man passing by, according to the SPCA.
Police officers called the Bloemfontein SPCA for help and when they arrived, local residents were in shock.
“According to eyewitnesses, a car bumped a dog and drove away. The dog was still alive and lay along the road. The owner of the dog came looking for her dog and then came to a very gruesome scene. Sam Buti Didi was busy skinned (sic) her dog alive. She asked him what he was doing and Sam’s answer was that he was hungry and wanted a fresh meat. The owner and the community were furious and took Sam to their nearest police station. With the arrival of Bloemfontein SPCA, the dog was already dead.
The dog had still been alive as Didi butchered the defenseless animal.
“The dog’s body lay aside and then one leg was also laying skinned aside the road. We asked Sam what he was trying to do, and he acknowledged that the dog was still alive when he started his slaughter. According to Sam, he came from work and was hungry and saw the dog along the road. He was hungry and has a craving for fresh meat, so he skinned the dog alive. Sam did cut off the leg with a piece of glass. Sam also acknowledged that this was not the first time that he did such a thing. Sam opened his backpack for us and there was bread, polony and chicken nuggets, but he has a craving for fresh meat.”
The suspect has been charged with animal cruelty and is due to appear in court on Monday afternoon.
Animal cruelty has defined links with domestic violence. Pets are often the victims of “paybacks” in domestic situations. It is of prime importance to recognize and bring animal abusers to justice and help them receive the proper treatment – hopefully to lessen this very serious problem.
(Photo of cruelty in South African capital via SPCA)
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