Near-fatal poisoning for PMB pooch

2016-12-08 09:57
Brother and sister Matthew and Emily Germishuizen with their German Shepherd Maya who is believed to have been poisoned on Tuesday afternoon by someone who threw meat into the family’s property in Clarendon.

Brother and sister Matthew and Emily Germishuizen with their German Shepherd Maya who is believed to have been poisoned on Tuesday afternoon by someone who threw meat into the family’s property in Clarendon. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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A suspected dog poisoning in Clarendon on Tuesday almost cost a German Shepherd her life.

One-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd Maya was believed to have been poisoned on Tuesday afternoon after her owners found the dog wandering around the front lawn, disorientated, and barely able to walk.

Owner Matthew Germishuizen and his sister Emily said Maya disappeared for most of the afternoon until they found her at the front of the house, near the garage, falling over and unable to stand properly.

“Her back legs were stiff and she kept falling over whenever she tried to walk,” said Emily.

“We initially thought she had been hit by a car because she could barely move her back legs and we put her in the car and rushed her to the vet,” said Matthew.

He said the vet put Maya on a drip and was doubtful that she would make it through the night.

“He told us that he suspected Maya had been poisoned, possibly by insecticide,” he said.

Matthew said the vet induced vomiting and found pieces of meat wrapped in a white packet.

He said he and his family believed that someone may have wanted to break into the house and threw poisoned meat into the garden.

But Maya was the only dog who ate the meat while the Germishuizens’ other family dog, Joey, did not.

Matthew said Joey was more aggressive and since he did not eat the meat, the burglars may have been deterred.

The brother and sister said their family had Maya since she was a puppy and were “relieved” and “thankful” that she would be okay.

“It was really touch and go for a while, but the vet said if she made it through the night, she would probably be okay,” said Matthew.

“She is still not herself and is a little confused, but much better than she was last night.”

He said his family alerted Magma Security who inspected the property and had been keeping a close eye on their house and their road.

Clarendon Veterinary Clinic vet, Dr John Carlyon, treated Maya and said although it was a suspected poisoning, it could not be confirmed.

Clarendon Community Watch chairperson, Rowan White urged residents to be wary and to have a good relationship with neighbours who would be able to raise an alarm if something went wrong.

He added that people should also ask their domestic workers, who are on the property when the owners are away, to monitor the front lawn and keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

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