Public honour puppy hero with job, food, money

2008-08-13 00:00

Thulani Bernard Khwela, the rescuer and namesake of Bernard the puppy, has been offered a job.

The unemployed Khwela received kudos from Witness readers after he alerted the police recently to the pup’s plight after he heard him whimpering in a covered grave at Camps Drift.

The puppy’s little body had been pierced with two assegais before he was buried alive with dead chickens, candles, a mirror and clothing. It is believed that the burial formed part of a muthi-related ritual.

Khwela, hailed as “Bernard the Great” by a reader commenting on the rescue on the Witness website, was offered a job by a construction company, said Maureen Vida of the SPCA yesterday.

She did not know which construction company employed him, but said Khwela told them he was starting work this week. The Witness was unable to contact Khwela yesterday.

Khwela also received a hamper of food and blankets from the SPCA in gratitude for his good deed, and donations of money from the public. He has also been given dog food and veterinary assistance for his own dogs.

Vida said another spin-off has been that other stray dogs have been placed in the holding kennels at the SPCA with notes from people saying they had found the dogs wandering in the streets.

“We are very grateful for this and feel that the fact that Bernard’s story was publicised has helped create an awareness of helping animals.”

Wetsuit: SPCA appeal pays off

In yesterday’s Witness an appeal was made for the donation of a wetsuit for SPCA inspectors to use when performing animal rescues in water, after they had rescued an egret that became entwined in string at the Bird Sanctuary.

SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said a number of offers of wetsuits have been received and the SPCA is grateful for the public’s response.

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