Rescued: snared dog’s lucky escape

2011-01-27 00:00

A DOG escaped from a painful, drawn-out death after being rescued from a snare in the bush around Blackridge on Tuesday.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said that late on Tuesday afternoon they received a call from Terry Quinn, a concerned resident living on the road to Sweetwaters above Blackridge.

“He said that some of his workers had heard a dog barking continuously in the bushes on the lower side of the road. When they went to investigate, they found a medium-size, dark reddish-brown cross-breed dog caught in a snare.”

Vida said the workers were afraid to go too close as the distressed dog was showing signs of aggression.

“As they were unsure how to handle the situation, they returned to their employer, Terry, who then called the SPCA.”

Inspector Rob Deere, with the aid of a catch-pole and the workers, was able to cut the wire from around the dog’s neck and rescue it.

The dog was not yet badly injured.

Vida warned that there are many snares in the greenbelt areas around Pietermaritzburg.

“These cruel and diabolical devices are not only responsible for the destruction of wildlife, but as they do not discriminate, they pose a major threat to domestic animals as well.

We are indebted to members of the public who report such incidents to us.”

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