Police spokesperson Constable Herman Moremi said Piet Maluleka was released on warning after his court appearance on Monday. He is charged with bestiality.
The neighbour, Lewis Shongwe, said he noticed his dog would slip into Maluleka’s yard and would return in the morning, Rekord North reported.
“On Saturday 3 October, I asked a neighbour to keep a lookout for my dog. That night, we noticed the man living in my street called my dog into his house late at night,” he said.
He said he requested his neighbour’s assistance to go to Maluleka’s house to retrieve the dog.
“I knocked on his door and when he opened, I saw my dog in his house. After confronting him outside, he confessed that he had been sleeping with the dog to relieve himself,” Shongwe said.
He said Maluleka pleaded with the community not to assault him and allegedly offered Shongwe money as compensation for the bestiality.
“He offered me R100 and pleaded that we do not hurt him. He also confessed to sleeping with my dog many times that week,” Shongwe said.
Tshwane SPCA spokesperson Mishack Matlou said police were contacted after Shongwe alerted them to the crime last Wednesday.
“The police tried to arrest Maluleka on Thursday, but he was only found and detained on Friday,” Matlou said.
Matlou said the dog had severe internal injuries and broken ribs and was being treated by a vet at Onderstepoort.
This was the second bestiality case in the area in recent weeks.
A man was expected to reappear in the Temba Magistrate’s Court on 2 November after he allegedly raped his client’s dog in Mmotla Village in Temba, near Hammanskraal.
The man allegedly took a woman’s dog after he had fixed her roof.
– Caxton News Service