Emaciated Miracle on the road to recovery

2019-09-17 06:00
Miracle was skin and bones when she was found.

Miracle was skin and bones when she was found.

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It’s a miracle she’s still alive ... that’s why the pitbull cross rescued by Mitchell’s Plain Animal Welfare has been named Miracle.

Miracle was taken to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha on Monday 2 September after her owners contacted Mitchell’s Plain Animal Welfare, claiming despite them feeding her three times a day, she didn’t seem to pick up weight.

According to communications manager of the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Marcelle du Plessis, this is one of the sadder cases of neglect they have seen at the clinic this year. She was abnormally thin and “her eyes told a story of pain and neglect”.

“We have a working relationship with the Mitchell’s Plain Animal Welfare where they are able to bring their organisation’s pets to our clinic for treatment,” said Du Plessis.

Vanessa Goedhals of Mitchell’s Plain Animal Welfare said the dog’s owners claimed they had the dog for three months but despite them feeding her, she was in a bad condition. They wanted to surrender her, but Goedhals collected the dog and took her to Mdzananda Animal Clinic for treatment.

“It is such a sad story because the house where we collected her from sold take-aways such as fish and chips over weekends. Surely there could have been some food for her,” said Goedhals.

Miracle is on the road to recovery, but according to Du Plessis it’s going to take some time for her to heal.

“Her stay will be a long one. Once she is healthy and strong, she will be sterilised and vaccinated. The veterinarians are checking up on her daily, she’s getting nutritious food and she’s being treated for mange,” said du Plessis.

She added they will be alerting the SPCA inspectors about this case. “We work closely with the inspectors on abuse and neglect cases received at our clinic.”

Once Miracle is ready, she will need a new loving home.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is appealing to the public to support Miracle by making a donation towards her care.

V If anyone would like to adopt Miracle once she is ready, send an email to info@mdzananda.co.za or phone the clinic on 082 251 0554 or 021 367 6001.

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