Abused pooch melts the heart of KZN paramedics

2015-03-25 21:06


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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services Wentworth base has welcomed a new four-legged member to their team, a Labrador cross named Blackie.

About a year ago members of the KZN EMS team became aware of something lurking in the long grass behind the base, but where never sure what it was.

Robert Mckenzie, spokesperson for KZN EMS, said paramedics started seeing a black dog running out the gate during the evening and after a while spotted the canine during the day.

The stray was startled every time someone had tried to approach it.

Staff also found her sleeping under parked vehicles at night.

“Some of the staff then started leaving left over food for the dog to eat. This gained her trust and several staff members were able to approach her and could and start patting her,” he said.

Mckenzie said staff then noticed evidence that they dog had been abused. It had bruises and open wounds all over her body.

“She also had an eye infection and was infested with ticks and fleas.”

As the weeks passed and the dog became a familiar “visitor” to the base, she was named Blackie, because of her mostly black coat.

After receiving some TLC from the staff and learning the routine of who to get treats from, Blackie adapted to her life as the new mascot of the Wentworth base.

Blackie even “helped” with base’s monkey problem, who would raid the refuse bins, Mckenzie said.

“The monkeys don’t even dare venture close to the base now that Blackie is there.”

One manager even joked that Blackie “is now such a part of the base that she is even on the asset register”.

From lurking in the bushes, Blackie has become a part of life everyday life at Wentwoth ambulance base.

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