Rover no more: Africana rescued, stitched-up and adopted

2009-10-22 00:00

DOXY was starved, tick-infested, bore three large wounds on his back and was blind in one eye when he was brought to a vet.

Since then, he has gained weight and the fur around his wounds has grown back to nearly its normal length.

Doxy is an Africanis dog. A domestic worker found him in a refuse hole on a farm on Hilton College Road a few weeks ago.

The farm owner rushed him to the Hilton Veterinary Clinic, where he underwent extensive surgery.

“I remember getting the chills when I first saw him,” said Joy Strauss, who works at the clinic. “His eye had collapsed. He had big grey ticks all over him. His ribs were sticking out. He was really in a terrible condition.”

Strauss said it was suggested that they put him down, because “there are many healthy dogs out there that aren’t being adopted”.

“But the vet here just could not bring himself to do it,” she said. “Doxy was too friendly.”

So they removed his collapsed eye, stitched up his wounds and put him on Doxy Dog medication — that’s how he got his name.

After 10 days, Doxy was on his way to recovery — apart from the scars and missing eye.

The staff at the clinic weren’t the only ones who noticed this.

On that day, the Nielsens, a Hilton family, decided to adopt him.

“He looked so sweet and so sad to be here,” said 21-year-old Therese Nielson. “He’s such a nice dog. He gets along so well with the other two puppies at home.”

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