Tiger back at home after shooting

2018-11-22 06:03
Tiger has to learn to live with three legs after her leg was amputated after being shot by a Lwandle police officer two weeks ago.

Tiger has to learn to live with three legs after her leg was amputated after being shot by a Lwandle police officer two weeks ago.

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Tiger the dog is back home.

Her family is happy their beloved pet, that was shot by a Lwandle police officer on Monday 5 November, is recovering and has returned to their Asanda Village home (“Policeman shoots dog”, City Vision, 15 November).

After the incident, Tiger underwent surgery at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Grassy Park, Cape Town. Her right leg was amputated and she is learning to cope with just three legs.

Speaking to City Vision on Monday, the pet’s owner, Dephine Kalumo, said she is battling to come to terms with seeing Tiger suffer since her return on Tuesday 13 November.

“Tiger is in serious pain and is not eating,” she said. “We have to feed her by hand so that she can get the food down. I am really sad to see my dog suffer in this way,” she said, adding that she wished she could buy an artificial leg for her dog so she could walk more or less the way she did before.

“The people at the SPCA said she will cope with three legs, but I wish I can buy her another leg. Tiger is completely different from the dog she was before the incident; she is still traumatised. When she hears a loud noise she runs inside the house.”

Belinda Abrahams, Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson, confirmed Tiger had been shot a few times, and her right leg needed to be amputated as it had sustained multiple fractures that couldn’t be repaired.

Abrahams said the bullets were situated in the “anterior region” (front part) of Tiger’s body. “Although we still await confirmation from the vet, we estimate that she was struck with a bullet at least three times,” she said.

This version of the incident does however not correspond with the police’s one. They say the officer fired two warning shots before shooting the dog.

Abrahams said the SPCA’s Inspectorate Department is still investigating the matter, and will decide on a course of action once all the evidence is assessed. She said: “Had the wounds been left untreated, there is no doubt that the dog would have died. We believe her prognosis to be positive. While she can never get her leg back she can still enjoy quality of life.”

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