Locals on alert for lost dog

2015-12-01 06:00
Peter from Lavender Hill and his pet Lady were reunited after a Kirstenhof resident’s effort.

Peter from Lavender Hill and his pet Lady were reunited after a Kirstenhof resident’s effort.

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Through the quick-thinking action of a Kirstenhof resident under the guidance of Animals in Distress, a man and his trusted pet dog were reunited.

The neighbourhood watch also helped to find the dog.

Michelle du Toit, a resident and watch member and co-founder of Animals in Distress, says about a week ago the alarm was sounded by a patroller who had noticed a local informal recycler sitting looking forlorn at the corner café.

“On approaching the gentleman, it transpired he was totally distraught and beside himself, his trusty hound Lady having gone missing,” she says.

According to Du Toit, Lady had been left with someone while her owner Peter, who is from Lavender Hill, went off to run an errand. On his return she was nowhere to be seen.

“Reports were that she had been lifted by a motorist, who no doubt thought she had either been abandoned or would be better off elsewhere,” she says.

The next 24 hours were marked by frantic action.

Messages went out on all social media platforms, all possible leads were followed and Peter was assisted to lay a charge of theft at the Kirstenhof police station and given a lift back home.

Du Toit says Peter remained inconsolable and all those around him shared in his grief and concern.

The following morning they received the call they had been hoping for – Lady was safe, and had been dropped off at Tears, a local pro-life shelter, by a concerned citizen.

“As luck had it, despite being full, Tears had taken her in and put two and two together. Very soon two volunteers from Animals in Distress, me and Candida Howarth, had abandoned their job for the day and were on their way to fetch Lady in Kommetjie,” she says.

In the meantime, residents and patrollers were back on high alert, this time to locate Peter and give him the good news.

Just before 16:00 and less than 24 hours after she went missing, Peter and Lady had a very emotional reunion.

“The residents of Kirstenhof realised that the glue which holds them as a community together had become just a little stronger,” she says.

Du Toit says the community will continue to celebrate its residents and identity at the first (and planned to be annual) Kirstenhof market and Christmas carols on Saturday at the Aandwind Park at 17:00.

And in the true spirit of community, while families are enjoying the evening, many of the committed patrollers will be out in the community ensuring that the original galvanising factor, that of security, remains in place.

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