Pietermaritzburg - He's cheated death and he’s one Lucky hound.The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has rescued a dog that they believe survived an attempt to drown it.SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said the dog was rescued by senior inspector Marian Channon on Friday last week after she had received a call from a concerned member of the public who noticed the stray dog sleeping on the pavement in Prince Alfred Street.When Channon found the dog, she was horrified at what she saw.“What really shocked me was the strong wire that was secured around the dog’s neck and attached to that was a large sack,” said inspector Channon.She said the dog had some hair loss but no injuries. Vida said the SPCA had received calls that morning reporting the same dog running around in the vicinity of the Alexandra swimming pool very close to the river. She said by the time SPCA employees arrived at the scene the dog had disappeared.“We have seen and heard of cases where people have tied bags over the dog’s head or attached them to the animals, place heavy stones in the bag and throw their unwanted or sickly animals in the river to drown,” said Vida. She suspected that this dog might have been being abused because of his skin condition, which is treatable. “He had a lucky escape; hence inspector Channon named him Lucky,” said Vida.Channon said Lucky was a very well behaved dog and it was easy to load him into the SPCA vehicle. “I used bolt cutters to remove the wire. The moment I slipped the wire and sack from his neck he glanced up at me. I will never forget his beautiful eyes. I bent down, cupped my hands and he placed his chin on my hands and just stared at me with his gentle eyes,” said Channon.