Brave pooch stabbed while protecting his owner

2015-07-03 15:19
Hero dog Gus the Bullmastiff and SPCA employee Phumlani Zibula. (Supplied, SPCA)

Hero dog Gus the Bullmastiff and SPCA employee Phumlani Zibula. (Supplied, SPCA)

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Durban - An elderly man who was grappling with a house robber was saved by his Bullmastiff Gus, who attacked the knife-wielding home invader on Wednesday.

Both Gus and his owner, Glen Bargate, were stabbed repeatedly and after two days of recovery with trips to the doctor and vet, are expected to make a full recovery.

In a statement, the Kloof and Highway SPCA said that they were alerted to the emergency by the homeowner’s neighbour.

“Both Gus and his owner were bleeding profusely. When the ambulance arrived Gus’s owner would not go to hospital until he knew his dog was going to be alright. The Kloof and Highway SPCA arrived at the scene to fetch Gus and make sure that he would be seen to by the vets and treated immediately.”

“Upon arriving back at the SPCA, Gus was taken straight to theatre, his wounds shaven and cleaned and he went into surgery to have his wounds stitched up. Gus was very fortunate to have sustained two superficial stab wounds to his head and two stab wounds to his left shoulder.”

According to the statement, the dog spent the afternoon and evening recovering in the clinic where he "received lots of attention from his visitors who also came with lots of treats to comfort Gus".

The vet checked him this morning and gave him the all clear to go home.

“Glen came to collect his brave friend, who was so happy to see his beloved owner. We are so over joyed to see the pair re-united together and we wish them both well with the road to recovery ahead,” the SPCA said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that no arrests had yet been made.

Gus on his way home with owner Glen Bargate, seen off by the SPCA's Barbara Patrick. (Supplied, SPCA)

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