'Underdog' is healthy, but hungry

2013-11-25 07:15
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

'Underdog' rescue operation

Here are some pictures of the rescue operation of the dog that fell into the Big Hole in Kimberley.

Kimberley - "Kaptein Seeley", the dog that was rescued out of the Big Hole in Kimberley on Saturday, is tired, but that didn't stop her from eating two bowls of food that evening.

The 25kg dog - initially dubbed "Underdog" - was stuck in the hole for more than a week after she survived a fall of 160m into the water.

The search for an owner for the dog is now under way.

Her rescuer, Warrant Officer John Seeley, says that the dog should remain in Kimberley, even though there is international interest.

On a drip

Kaptein Seeley is currently recovering in the care of local vet Claudine Crawford.

"There was nothing seriously wrong with her, except that she was extremely tired and hungry. Her blood sugar levels were low, which is why I put her on a drip. No bones were broken," said Crawford.

Her teeth show that she is about 2-years-old, according to Crawford.

The dog's saving grace was that she could drink water in the Big Hole.

Animals and people can survive longer without food than without water.

The dog is friendly and calm, but exhausted. She can't stand for very long periods.

The dog will in all likelihood be taken to the SPCA in Kimberley for adoption, as no owner has stepped forward thus far.

Tail wagged

Kaptein Seeley's tail wagged when her rescuer came to visit her.

Seeley wants to adopt Kaptein, but he already has a police dog, four dogs and four cats.

"She was still swimming strong on Saturday. She was aggressive towards me initially, but realised that I was going to help her. She gave herself over to me," said Seeley.

"I had to do all the swimming, and she couldn't really stand on dry ground either."

"The dog has to receive lots of love and attention now."

"I don't want the dog to be adopted by someone for the publicity. It has to be people that will really care for the animal and shower her with love."

Seeley wants to help the SPCA search for a new owner, as he can't adopt the dog.

Offers for adoption have already streamed in from throughout South Africa and overseas.

- Were you there? Send us your stories and photos.

Read more on:    kimberley  |  animals  |  good news

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.