'Underdog' is healthy, but hungry

2013-11-25 07:15
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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 - "Kaptein Seeley", the dog that was rescued out of the Big Hole in Kimberley on Saturday, is tired, but that didn't stop her from eating two bowls of food that evening.

The 25kg dog - initially dubbed "Underdog" - was stuck in the hole for more than a week after she survived a fall of 160m into the water.

The search for an owner for the dog is now under way.

Her rescuer, Warrant Officer John Seeley, says that the dog should remain in Kimberley, even though there is international interest.

On a drip

Kaptein Seeley is currently recovering in the care of local vet Claudine Crawford.

"There was nothing seriously wrong with her, except that she was extremely tired and hungry. Her blood sugar levels were low, which is why I put her on a drip. No bones were broken," said Crawford.

Her teeth show that she is about 2-years-old, according to Crawford.

The dog's saving grace was that she could drink water in the Big Hole.

Animals and people can survive longer without food than without water.

The dog is friendly and calm, but exhausted. She can't stand for very long periods.

The dog will in all likelihood be taken to the SPCA in Kimberley for adoption, as no owner has stepped forward thus far.

Tail wagged

Kaptein Seeley's tail wagged when her rescuer came to visit her.

Seeley wants to adopt Kaptein, but he already has a police dog, four dogs and four cats.

"She was still swimming strong on Saturday. She was aggressive towards me initially, but realised that I was going to help her. She gave herself over to me," said Seeley.

"I had to do all the swimming, and she couldn't really stand on dry ground either."

"The dog has to receive lots of love and attention now."

"I don't want the dog to be adopted by someone for the publicity. It has to be people that will really care for the animal and shower her with love."

Seeley wants to help the SPCA search for a new owner, as he can't adopt the dog.

Offers for adoption have already streamed in from throughout South Africa and overseas.

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