Offers pour in to foster shopping bag mutt

2015-07-14 14:36
Trax after he had been cleaned up a bit. (Julia Evans, Facebook)

Trax after he had been cleaned up a bit. (Julia Evans, Facebook)

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Cape Town - At least 100 people have offered to foster Trax the mutt, who is recovering well after he was found tied up and dumped in a shopping bag on Monday.

Animal Welfare Society Helderberg general manager Julia Evans said the response to the news of his rescue had been phenomenal. She had been inundated with phone calls, e-mails and social media comments.

Commenting on Trax's condition as dogs barked in the background, Evans said, “He slept and ate well, but he has still got that odd little head nod which is disconcerting. He has no energy because he is busy cuddling up in his blanket to keep away from the cold.”

She said they could not release Trax to a foster home because they needed to monitor the tic and make sure he did not have a viral disease like distemper.

While there had been many offers to foster him, Evans said they hoped to eventually find Trax a permanent home.

“No one has offered to adopt at this point. But if all is well and his recovery continues in the same vein...  we'd be keen for adoption.”

Mouth, legs tied up with shoelaces

Retired pastor Lourens van Wyk, 67, came to the dog’s rescue after a man pushed the gate buzzer at the Helderberg Apostolic Faith Mission church on Monday morning to report a package next to the railway line.

“It was raining and I went in my car down the road. I saw there was a plastic bag lying on the ground. It looked like it could have been a baby,” he told News24.

“I tore the packet open and it was a dog. I was shocked. He looked very sick and his hair was falling out. I just grabbed him and raced in my car to the clinic.”

His muzzle was tied shut with shoelaces. His front and hind legs were also tied up. The clinic freed him from the laces and shopping bag.

Evans said cases of abuse like this were common and she wished there was as big a response from society to every case.

They were unable to lay a criminal charge because there were no witnesses.

“We hope that the bush telegraph works and that someone comes forward with information,” Evans said.

Trax when he had first been brought into the shelter. (Helderberg Animal Welfare Society, Facebook)

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