Reward for man who attempted to save dog

2014-01-29 00:00

THE Durban man who stopped a driver who dragged a dog behind his vehicle for about two kilometres is set to receive a reward for his attempt to save the animal.

On Monday, off-duty paramedic Vinod Dhanpal was driving along Billberry Avenue in Chatsworth when he saw a dog being dragged behind a vehicle.

“We were so shocked, the dog was bouncing off the road behind the car. My children who were in the car with me had screamed and shouted at the driver, but he didn’t hear us. Eventually I sped in front of him and cornered him,” he said.

Dhanpal said when the vehicle was stopped he freed the dog and carried it to some shade.

“The dog was in shock and very afraid,” he said.

Both the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Dhanpal said that the driver claimed that his grandson had chained the dog to the back of the vehicle and that he did not know that the dog was there.

A witness said that the dog was bouncing high off the road and was squealing loudly in pain.

Spokesperson for the Durban and Coast SPCA Caroline Swart said that the dog was a male adult cross-breed.

“Our Inspector Nishan Ramsamy was called to the scene in Chatsworth by SAPS yesterday afternoon at approximately 5 pm.

“The dog had extensive injuries with the padding on its paws removed, burns on his undercarriage, elbows, legs and paws — with some areas scraped down to the bone. The dog was humanely euthanased upon arrival at our SPCA owing to the extent of his injuries and his immense suffering,” she said.

Swart said that an SPCA veterinarian was working on a full vet report.

Pietermaritzburg-based Yusuf Kajee of Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing said that when they caught wind of the story they were deeply saddened. “When I heard about the story I thought this was ridiculous, but this man [Dhanpal] really needs to be rewarded,” he said.

The company is expecting to recognise Dhanpal’s efforts through a cash reward of R5 000.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the 58-year-old driver had been arrested and charged in terms of the Animal Protection Act and was due to appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court.

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