Pets are victims of violence

2019-05-21 06:00
A brave dog, Diesel, survived a harrowing ordeal after being stabbed during a household invasion in Fish Hoek. PHOTO: Fish Hoek cpf

A brave dog, Diesel, survived a harrowing ordeal after being stabbed during a household invasion in Fish Hoek. PHOTO: Fish Hoek cpf

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Oftentimes animals are caught up in the crimes that take place at domestic residences – whether it be poisoning, physical injury or the likes – and Fish Hoek residents are looking out for these forgotten victims, starting with one special dog.

Diesel is a four-year-old Border Collie-Spaniel crossbreed, a rescue dog belonging to a family in Silverglade, Fish Hoek. The small dog sustained considerable injuries on Thursday 2 May after he was stabbed multiple times in the chest during a household break-in. While his owners, the Hendersons were not harmed in the ordeal, their beloved pet had to be rushed to Fish Hoek Veterinary Clinic where Patti-Jane Foster and Jean Russell worked quickly to save his life.

Doctor Foster commented that this was the first injury of its kind that she had seen since starting her work in Fish Hoek at the beginning of the year.

Initially, it was quoted by the clinic that keeping him in observation and nursing him back to health would cost in the realm of R25 000, and so the Fish Hoek Community Policing Forum (CPF) launched a project called the Diesel Animal Support Fund.

According to the project’s manager, Patrick Benade, it was created to raise funds to assist in the care of all animals injured due to crime-related incidents that are reported to Fish Hoek police. “People can approach us or the CPF and we’ll do our very best to help them,” Benade said.

According to Andre Blom, chairman of the fund, the CPF was able to raise R5000 towards Diesel’s care, R2000 was sent directly to the clinic for Diesel, and the clinic was able to cut the cost of his care to under R11 000 by allowing his owners to take on nighttime supervision of Diesel at home.

Having raised R7000, just under R3000 is still required to cover the costs of helping Diesel recover.

Blom said that he is recovering well, but is on a mixture of medication to manage pain, infections and his anxiety, but is not out of the woods yet due to the extensive internal damage that was done to the dog by the perpetrators. Blom and Benade reported that Diesel was introduced to some residents who contributed towards his medical bill and he took some time to warm up to them, as a result of his anxiety from the ordeal.

“When this type of thing happens, people get counselling, but we forget about the animals in the situation,” said Blom.

Benade has reported that the perpetrators have not yet been arrested.V Any enquiries can be directed to Andre Blom at chairpersoncpf.fishhoek@gmail.com.

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