Legal tussle over rescued Kimberley dog

2013-11-27 10:33
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'Underdog' rescue operation

Here are some pictures of the rescue operation of the dog that fell into the Big Hole in Kimberley.

Kimberley - A legal dispute is hanging over the future of the dog which was rescued from Kimberley's Big Hole over the weekend.

Volksblad reported on Wednesday that a local pastor has claimed that the dog belongs to him, while the policeman involved in her rescue says he wants to keep the dog, which has been named Captain Seeley.

The SPCA is reportedly seeking legal advice after Pastor Chris Baadjies claimed the rescued dog was his dog Gigi. He posted photographs of his dog on Facebook and claimed that he only realised it was her when his wife saw a television insert about the rescue operation on Monday.

Meanwhile, Warrant Officer John Seeley, who rescued the dog on Saturday after eight days in the Big Hole, says he would like to keep her and re-name her Kimberleigh.

The dog is currently being cared for at the SPCA in Kimberley.

The Cape Times reported that the SPCA will meet the pastor on Wednesday to discuss the way forward, and is prepared to take the matter to court if necessary.

Baadjies reportedly offered to pay for the cost of the rescue operation – estimated to be R40 000 – in order to get the dog back. The SPCA said stringent criteria would have to be met before any dog is released into the care of an owner.

According to Volksblad, Kimberley residents are overwhelmingly in support of Seeley adopting the dog, and have set up a petition on Facebook.

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