“We are also grateful to the two young people who brought him in, enabling us to help him. We named him Lucky, because he was lucky that caring people got involved,” said Cora Bailey.
The founder of the Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) was recently approached by two distraught residents who was in desperate need of help with a stray dog. “When we opened our doors early in the morning, Anele and Xolani were waiting for us. Their grandmother advised them to bring the dog, who showed up at their front door, to us.
The wound and the smell was unbearable, and, although we see these type of injuries more often than we care to, it is always heartbreaking,” she said.
She explained that the dog had a rope embedded in his neck, the result of being tied up as a pup and left to grow up like that. “Whether his owners put him out on the street or whether he chewed through the rope, we do not know, but he had endured a huge amount of pain and agony for months. What made it even more heartbreaking was the fact that while we were assessing his injuries, he did not stop wagging his tail and did not try to bite us. When we lifted his head, he only moaned softly,” Cora said.
Cora added that they did not hesitate to help and he was anaesthetised and the rope removed. “The wound was thoroughly cleaned and we kept him on painkillers. He was given antibiotics to prevent secondary infection,” said Cora.
She urged members of the community not to hesitate to report any animal cruelty to the SPCA, as they have a moral duty not to turn a blind eye to animal suffering. “We are also very grateful to the Friends of Rescued Animals (Fora) staff, who kindly offered to take him into their shelter after seeing our post. After months of agony he now has a great chance of finding the loving home he deserves. We are also grateful to the two young people who got involved, enabling us to help him,” she said.
For more information, contact Cora on 076 850 4466.
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