Boy carries pet dog attacked with axe to SPCA

2014-11-19 00:00

WHEN a man tried to break into a neighbouring property, a plucky mongrel did what any good dog would do and tackled him. But the dog, Shooter, was hacked in the head with an axe for her trouble.

With no transport available, her frantic owner, Tebohogo Radebe (17) of Tamboville in the Eastwood area, walked with his beloved pet cradled in his arms to the SPCA in Scottsville, in a mercy dash, determined to save his best friend’s life.

SPCA vet Debbie Cornish said the dog had serious wounds to the head, including a fractured skull.

The Witness has seen a photograph of the massive, bloody, gaping wound that Shooter came into the SPCA with, which was too disturbing to print.

“The wound was stitched and a drain was placed, and after four weeks of treatment, we were able to reunite the dog with his delighted owners,” she said.

Cornish paid tribute to Tebohogo who had walked miles and miles to visit his beloved pet.

She described Shooter as “the bravest little thing” who “stoically” endured five surgeries in 10 days.

She said Shooter was an “absolute darling” who was delighted to see her owner when he came to visit her.

“She’s a very special little dog.”

On his recovery, SPCA field officer Paulos Ngubo drove Shooter back to Tamboville, but said he was unfortunate not to capture the moment boy and dog were reunited as Tebohogo was not home at the time.

“I wanted to capture the moment and his feeling when his dog was brought back home because he visited the clinic at least three times a week to check on his beloved dog,” he said.

Tebohogo described Shooter as very friendly, smart and alert to catch criminals in the area. “People should learn to love dogs because they also have rights like people,” he said.


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