Medics try in vain to save injured dog

2015-05-20 10:38
Durban paramedics try valiantly to save Socks's life. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Durban paramedics try valiantly to save Socks's life. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - A group of Durban medics worked for nearly an hour to save a dog badly injured when it was hit by a motorcycle on North Coast Road on Tuesday.

Sadly, the dog they named “Socks” had to be put down on Wednesday.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said that paramedics had been dispatched to the scene of an accident in Redhill in which the biker had struck the dog. 

“On arrival our ambulance crews attended to the gentleman who had been riding the bike."

He was not seriously injured and did not need to go to hospital.

“Shortly after the ambulance arrived, our intermediate life support paramedic crews arrived in our response vehicle. Having seen that the patient was being attended to, one of our team members went to check on the condition of the dog that had been covered and left for dead by members of the public,” he added.

“We discovered the dog was still alive but in a serious state. We managed to put up a drip, administer some sedation and splint the dog’s leg. We had a telephonic discussion with a local vet who advised us to calm the dog down as the noisy road was becoming too much for him.”

“Our team members stayed at his side while our control room dispatched a local veterinarian to scene. After further assessment the dog was transported through to the veterinary rooms for further care.”

“It was with great sadness that we heard that our patient 'Socks' suffered a severe spinal cord injury and unfortunately had to be put to rest.

“We are so sorry, 'Socks', and hope we made your time that little bit better,” van Reenen added.

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