Two black foreigners and a South African woman appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court for allegedly eating a dog while it was alive.
Inspector Suzette Kotzé of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from the Stilfontein branch in North West said on Thursday a medical report showed that the animal had not been not dead by the time its head was cut off.
“The dog’s head was cut off with a serrated knife, and it was put in their fridge for consumption later. When I got there, there were already cut pieces of the dog’s meat in the pot.”
Police were alerted and the three were arrested for animal cruelty.
Two other dogs on the premises had been moved by the SPCA.
Kotzé said the Nigerian men believed that dog meat could prevent diseases like malaria.
“They also believe that by eating dogs, they cannot get attacked by witches, or be poisoned,” she said.
The three appeared in court on Wednesday and were granted bail of R2500 each.
The two foreigners were ordered to report to the police station three times a week, and to hand in their passports.