Enzy’s free from abuse

2017-02-02 06:01
 Enzy the dog before she was found

Enzy the dog before she was found

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A distressed Khayelitsha community member contacted the Mdzananda Animal Clinic to report the abuse of a Pit Bull.

The Pit Bull was being used for breeding by a family member.

She was emaciated and neglected. The food she was receiving was not enough to feed her or her puppies who were only four weeks old and still suckling from her.

The distressed Facebook message read, “Please help. This dog is being abused and neglected.”

Horrific pictures of the Pit Bull girl followed.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic team went to collect the Pit Bull bitch. The owner was given the opportunity to explain his actions.

“At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic we believe that education is of utmost importance. Confiscating one pet will simply result in a new pet filling its place, and experiencing the same or worse conditions.

Our approach is always to first attempt education and to work with the owner on changing their mindset. Many people are very susceptible to this, others are not,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

An education intervention with the owner was attempted with no success. The Pit Bull would not be returned.

In partnership with the SPCA inspectorate team, the owner was placed onto the SPCA investigations list to ensure that repeated negligent treatment of animals would not occur.

At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, the Pit Bull girl’s journey to recovery began.

“She was a broken soul. She did not understand what we were trying to do when we stroked her or spoke gently to her,” says du Plessis.

“She spent most of her initial weeks with us sleeping tightly curled up to try and protect herself from the world.

We decided to give her a name – Enzy.”

After three weeks at the clinic, two of her puppies passed away.

“Although we cannot say the exact cause of their death, we believe it was due to malnutrition as their mom could not provide enough milk for them to grow strongly,” says Rosalind Spencer Stone, Hospital Manager.

Enzy and her last puppy received daily checkups, medication, good nutrition and care. She slowly started to pick up weight and began acknowledging the people around her.

Her stay at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic lasted seven months. During this time her confidence grew.

Bit by bit she started trusting human beings again and made friends with the staff, following them around the hospital.

She even engaged in play with the other dogs, slept in the shade deep in the garden and enjoyed chewing on hoofs. Her weight increased and she grew healthy and fit.

“Unfortunately finding a home for her was not easy”, says du Plessis.

“She was ready to be adopted after three months at Mdzananda but the right home did not come along.

Towards the end of her time at Mdzananda she fell into a deep depression from being in a kennel for so long.

A desperate video appeal was released on Facebook.”

Monique Quénet from Benoni, Johannesburg, saw the video and immediately contacted Mdzananda to adopt her.

“A friend of mine had shared a video. I opened it. As soon as it started to play I was in love. I knew the little girl with the crazy ears needed me. What I didn’t realise at the time was how much I needed her,” says Monique.

Two weeks later Enzy boarded a flight from Cape Town International to her new home.

“Enzy and her heartbreaking story was a thing of the past. To celebrate her new start I gave her a new name: Daisy-Mae,” says Monique.

“Our journey together has not been easy. Initially when I tried to touch her she cowered. It took a lot of time and patience to earn this girl’s trust.”

For more information, visit www.mdzananda.co.za

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