Hero by name, hero by action

2016-04-08 15:18
"Hero"and his rescuer. (Jeff Wick, News24)

"Hero"and his rescuer. (Jeff Wick, News24)

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Durban – A dog dubbed Hero has lived up to his name, staying with an injured canine companion for days – only leaving to fetch food and return it to his injured mate.

Hero’s story is a remarkable tale of loyalty, which played out two weeks ago on a non-descript section of railway track in Shallcross, Durban.  

Another dog and Hero had been spotted on the tracks. Someone reported the dogs to the Durban and Coast SPCA, saying the dogs had been hit by a train.

But only one dog had been hit by a passing train, and it was paralysed by severe spinal trauma and unable to move.  

For three days, Hero stayed with the stricken hound, leaving only to fetch food and return it to the injured dog.

On March 18, Inspector Lucas Moloi responded to the call.  

SPCA spokesperson Lindsey Fogarty said Moloi arrived at the scene to find Hero caring for the injured animal.

"Security officers in the area reported that they had seen the dog going out to look for food and bringing it back to his injured friend. He stayed close by as Inspector Moloi carried his canine companion to safety, watching over her and ensuring no further harm was caused," she said.

"The injured dog had a severe spinal injury and had to be humanely euthanised to prevent further suffering. But her guardian angel is up for adoption, looking for his forever home," Fogarty said.

"Hero is such an amazing dog. He is incredibly loving and desperate for affection. He simply adores belly rubs and begs for more whenever you stop. He is a little timid, but won't let that get in the way of making new friends."

Hero is recovering from a bout of kennel cough, but is otherwise in good health.

And the good news is that he is at the beginning stages of adoption by a Durban family. 

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