Puppy rescued from a drain

2016-06-28 06:00
Some of the rescuers Chris Williams, Petros Simamane, Pieter Koekemoer, Matthew Gibbon and Mark Basson. Photos: Rescuetech

Some of the rescuers Chris Williams, Petros Simamane, Pieter Koekemoer, Matthew Gibbon and Mark Basson. Photos: Rescuetech

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KLOOF and Highway SPCA inspector, Petros Simamane and field officer Eric Simamane, responded to an emergency call about a four-week-old puppy that had fallen down an uncovered drain at a residential property in Marian Ridge.

The inspectors were unable to locate the puppy in the maze of drain pipes and did not have the necessary equipment and the decision was made to return in the morning. Food and water were lowered into the drain for the puppy until the help needed could arrive.

The following afternoon, Rescuetech joined the inspectors at the resident’s property and the digging commenced – the team were armed with special machinery to break the floor up. After more than six hours of digging, at 7.40pm on Monday, the puppy was safely rescued.

Inspector Simamane and six Rescuetech volunteers worked for hours to rescue the puppy. The female dog was brought into the Kloof and Highway SPCA for sterilisation and the rescued puppy and its six siblings were signed over into the care of the Kloof and Highway SPCA.

The puppy has been under observation in the clinic under the close watchful eye of the clinic staff.
Sadly, a few days later the puppy’s health deteriorated drastically and a Canine Parvoviris test was administered - the results yielded were positive for the disease and the difficult decision was made to euthanise the puppy.

Inspector Petros Simamane and the Kloof and Highway SPCA are devastated as there were high hopes to re-home the puppy successfully. The other female dog has been sterilised and is doing well. She was returned to her owners last week by Simanane.

The Kloof and Highway SPCA would like to thank Matthew Gibbon, Pieter Koekemoer, Mark Basson, Chris Williams and Daniel Mclaughlin from Rescuetech for their effort and volunteering their time to rescue the pup. Thank you to Victor Reim from A. Reim and Sons for allowing the SPCA to use his specialised machinery.

Kloof SPCA also thanks Andreas Matthios from Rescuetech for taking video footage and Durban and Coast SPCA for making their snake camera available for this rescue.
"Without the camera it would have been impossible to ascertain where to dig to get the puppy out. The Kloof and Highway SPCA inspectorate department is in dire need of such a camera - between 15 and 20 rescue operations are undertaken every month by the Inspectorate Department in which kittens, puppies, farm animals and even wildlife - most recently a porcupine, have been rescued out of drains," said SPCA's Lisa Morck.

"We urge home owners to ensure that holes and drains on their premises are covered, especially when construction work is undertaken and to vaccinate and sterilise their pets."

The Kloof and Highway SPCA Inspectorate can be contacted on 031 764 1212 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays to report any animal concerns or cruelty. For after-hour animal emergencies, contact 073 359 322. - Supplied.

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