Judge ordered to return dachshund to neighbour
A top judge in Swaziland has been ordered to return a dachshund puppy to its owner after he became embroiled in a messy custody battle.The magistrates court in the capital Mbabane ordered Judge Jacobus Annandale to return the sausage dog to his neighbour Bhekiwe Dlamini, after he had it seized from her a week ago.
Justice Annandale, an avid dog-breeder, had sold the long-bodied pup to Ms Dlamini but later accused her of abusing it and sent police officers with a fake court order to take it back.
Magistrate Ndumiso Shongwe overturned the interim order obtained by Justice Annandale and dismissed the case.
The court also dismissed the judge's claim that Ms Dlamini had failed to take care of the dog, and made it sleep in the fly-infested cold.
In his ruling, the magistrate said there had been no conditions attached to the agreement of sale between the two parties.