This disabled stray dog’s story could have ended tragically, but instead her life took a dramatic turn!
Meet Lily. She was one of many stray dogs living in South Africa. Even though she was partially paralyzed, she would scavenge the streets and schoolyards in Cape Town looking for food.
One day, her barking and scrounging at Luhlaza Secondary School Khayelitsha annoyed the principal. Principal Manono Makhaphela thought Lily’s barking was a “nuisance” and directed two of the school’s janitors to “get rid” of her by burying her alive!
The school’s kitchen staff watched in horror as Lily cried out for help. A school kitchen cleaner called International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Mdzananda Animal Clinic in a panic.
However, the justice for Lily that IFAW’s Mdzananda Animal Clinic was hoping for has not yet been fully realized. It’s been nearly 4 years since Lily was rescued from her would-be grave but the principal responsible for nearly killing her has not yet complied with his punishment.
Although the two janitors were charged and sentenced with animal cruelty, the principal refused to introduce an an animal protection awareness program at his school to help children learn about animal welfare.
Frustrated that no punishment had been served, the clinic reported him and he was arrested and jailed. He now has until 18 July 2015 to start a humane education program if he wants his record to be removed.
Years later, Lily continues to inspire animal welfare advocates. And her transformation has educated many people, including her abusers. One of the janitors regretted his actions so deeply he now volunteers at the clinic!