Isis the pitbull an unlikely saviour for snared dogs

2015-10-08 16:19
Alaine Crawford and his dog Isis. (Supplied, SPCA) 

Alaine Crawford and his dog Isis. (Supplied, SPCA) 

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Durban - A Durban man and his pit bull Isis have developed a reputation as ad hoc trackers – helping to find two dogs trapped in snares in the bush near his Waterfall home in as many months.

Alaine Crawford told News24 that Isis had been sick and he had taken her to the SPCA for treatment last week.

“While she was there she was sterilised and the night she was away I could hear a dog screeching in the bush. It actually kept me up. When I went to fetch Isis the next day I told the inspector at the SPCA and he followed me home,” he said.

“When we got into the bush Isis picked up the scent and took us straight to the puppy. We literally found him in minutes. He had been caught by his back legs in the snare which had been made out of the brake cable from a bicycle,” Crawford said.

He added that two months before he had heard a similar cry from another dog which had been caught in a game snare near his home.

“That time I had four people from the SPCA out in the bush helping me look for the dog and the situation was the same. Isis had found the scent and led us straight to her. [The other dog] was a little bigger and had one of her paws stuck in the snare,” he said.  

Kloof and Highway SPCA manager Barbara Patrick said: “We are always so grateful for the amazing community who are always there for animals in distress. Alaine and Isis get a big thank you for yet another happy ending for a poor dog caught in a snare.”

The dog which had been caught in a game snare in the bush near Waterfall, west of Durban. (Supplied, SPCA)

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