Motorist risks life to rescue stray dog in the dark on busy road

2014-10-29 00:00

MAN proved to be a dog’s best friend this past Thursday as a Pietermaritzburg Good Samaritan risked his life to save a stray dog from certain death.

Geoff Glass said he was driving from Oak Park to Hilton at around 7 pm when he spotted a terrified dog running through the busy Link and Old Howick Road intersection, and he stopped to help.

He said the dog had come from the Wembley circle direction.

Glass suspected the dog may have been frightened by firecrackers from the Diwali festival and fled. “I put on my emergency lights and got out and called the dog. It came to me, but would not let me touch it.”

Three youths driving past spotted him and joined in to catch the dog. For almost an hour, they followed the dog up and down and in circles on Old Howick Road in the dark and were also ducking vehicles driving on the road.

As they risked their lives warning motorists to slow down so they did not hit the dog, they too could have been run over.

“There were several times when the young lady with us had to close her eyes as the dog ran through traffic as she feared it might be knocked down and killed. I did the same,” confessed Glass.

“As he ran near the dump I finally managed to dive for him and grab some fur and get hold of him. He still would not get into my car so one of the young men came and helped me lift him into the car and I took him to the Hilton vet,” said Glass.

He said he knew that if he had not stopped, the dog would have been dead within minutes. “It’s a male German Shepherd, is well fed and well looked after. It’s someone’s pet but it has no ID collar. Someone is devastated out there.”

Glass had one final piece of advice for pet lovers: “If you love your dog, give him a name tag. If the dog had a name tag, the owner would have been easy to find.”

An official named Jackson at the Hilton vet said the dog was still there and was fine.

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