Missing dog rescued from snare

2015-08-18 09:34
Jenna Martin is ecstatic to have her best friend, Legs the Great Dane, back home. Legs had been caught in a snare in the Camperdown area for five days and despite a nasty leg injury, is back on his feet.

Jenna Martin is ecstatic to have her best friend, Legs the Great Dane, back home. Legs had been caught in a snare in the Camperdown area for five days and despite a nasty leg injury, is back on his feet. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - After five days of being trapped in a snare without food or water, Legs — the one-year-old Great Dane — was reunited with his family last Saturday morning.

Owner Janice Martins said she realised Legs was missing when she called him and her other two dogs for dinner at her home in Camperdown on Monday night.

“He would never miss dinner so when he didn’t come when I called, I really started to worry.”

The next morning, Janice set out to look for her beloved Legs.

“We searched by horseback, by bike, and car and every time I screamed for him, I hoped I would hear his bark.”

By Thursday evening, he had been missing for three nights and Martin said she had begun to fear the worst.

“There are a lot of snares in this area and I knew he might be trapped. I thought we would never see him again.”

Meanwhile, Camperdown’s Achiever Security operations manager Neville Mipping said he received a call from his neighbour on Friday afternoon who told him a dog trapped in a snare had been spotted on the his property.

After they found him, Mipping said if Legs had been found a day later, he would have been dead.

“He was in very bad shape. He had been out there with the snare wrapped around his foot without food or water for five days.

“He was dehydrated, he had ticks all over him and his foot was so swollen, we couldn’t actually see how bad the wound was.”

Mipping said Legs began growling when the two approached, so they covered Legs in a blanket and “chatted to him for a while”, to calm him down.

Once they freed Legs from the wire snare, they loaded him into the back of Mipping’s neighbour’s bakkie and rushed him to the vet.

“We put his photo up on our community WhatsApp group and someone recognised him and forwarded the photo to Janice.”

Martin said as soon as she heard her “baby boy” had been rescued and was alive, she rushed from Hillcrest where she was visiting a friend to Camperdown.

“I was relieved to hear they had found him alive but I was also worried that when I got to the vet, I would have to make the decision to put him down,” she said.

Mipping said Martin arrived just as they were about to lift Legs from the bakkie and carry him into the vet but the Great Dane had other plans.

“As soon as he saw Janice he jumped down from the bakkie and ran to her.”

Legs is back home, recovering slowly from the ordeal that nearly killed him but despite his injuries, the happy hound is as playful as ever, and Martin said her other two dogs were just as happy as she was to see him home.

Martin warned other animal owners to be wary of snares as they were becoming a major issue in the area.

Mipping said the whole community would be clearing the river of snares this weekend, which had already injured over an estimated 10 dogs in the last few months

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