Woman hit with hammer while trying to rescue dog

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Cape Town - A field worker at an animal rescue organisation is recovering after being attacked with a hammer while she tried to grab a dog from a man who apparently wanted to beat it with a plank.

Die Burger reported on Wednesday that the woman, a field worker at Township Animal Rescue Helderberg, arrived at the shelter in Lwandle Asanda Village, near Strand, on Saturday night.

Two of the dogs escaped as she entered the premises. Neighbours, who were having a party, screamed at the dogs but she asked them to leave the dogs and return to their party. She was then hit with a rock on her back.

Six people then confronted her, but a neighbour intervened and she went inside to call the police.

According to the report, one of the men then started hitting one of the dogs with a plank, and she went out again to try and stop him. He then hit her with the plank, and a woman came from behind and hit her four times on the head with a hammer.

She had multiple wounds to her head, back and wrist, and was also concussed.

She told Die Burger that the community was generally very friendly and she did not think the community would let the attackers get away with it.

No arrests have been made.

Last week, two NSPCA inspectors were allegedly threatened with violence when they visited National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise's North West farm to inspect animals there.

Her spokesperson and the farm manager allegedly confronted the inspectors who were checking on the farm animals after a number of pigs died of hunger and others had to be put down.


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