‘Muthi’ pup on the mend

2008-08-04 00:00

Bernard, the cross border collie pup that was the victim of what appears to be a muthi ritual last week, is set to make a full recovery and has started to wag his tail.

An excited Maureen Vida of the SPCA told The Witness yesterday that a vet who examined him is happy with his progress.

“His puncture wound has been re-dressed and although it appears that he has suffered nerve damage to one of his front legs, he is starting to use it again and we are giving him physiotherapy to help him get full mobility back.”

Vida said Bernard likes children. “He trusts them more than adults.”

The darling of the SPCA it seems, Bernard spends his days there and goes home at night with a staff member.

“He wants company and we want to socialise him properly before he’s homed.”

Vida said the SPCA has been flooded with calls from people wanting to adopt Bernard when he is fully healed.

“We will be able to choose a really good home for him as long as he is not claimed by his owner within the seven-day period.”

Bernard’s rescuer, Thulani Khwela, whose middle name he was given, has also been offered help by the local community.

Vida said offers of money, groceries and possible employment have been received.

“People want to assist him in gratitude for what he did in reporting Bernard’s plight to the police.”

She said Khwela lives in town during the week and returns to his family home at weekends with money he has made selling bottles he finds.

Bernard was discovered buried alive in a hole at Camps Drift last week. He had been pierced with two assegais and a dead black chicken, clothing, a mirror and candles shared his grave. A case of animal cruelty is being investigated.

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