New leash on life for 'yucky' death row dog

2016-01-28 07:50
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Cape Town - After being dumped at a vet in the Overberg to be put down because he was “yucky”, Nik Nak the "death row dog" is alive and kicking.

The corgi mix has been adopted and is living with a loving owner in Green Point just a month after his owners requested he be put to sleep out of fear that the seemingly sick mutt would infect their other dogs. 

Animal rescue network Sidewalk Specials founder, Rachael Sylvester, was in the UK when she received a call from the vet’s secretary after her employer had forgotten to put him down after a busy day.

She was eager to help the malnourished mutt with the missing ear and broken leg, Sylvester recalled.

An urgent appeal to her dog-loving social media followers instantly resulted in a number of offers to foster him, saving Nik Nak from the lethal injection.

“It was an amazing relief,” Sylvester told News24 on Wednesday. “Usually I would take the dog and oversee that it is placed in a safe forever or foster home. But even though I was out of the country, our network stepped in and people were offering to help within seconds.”

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Nik Nak now Newman

A day later, Nik Nak - estimated to be about seven years old - was all scrubbed up and taking a trip to Cape Town.

Initially only meant to stay with Kamilla Nurock for a week, Nik Nak – or Newman, as he has since been named – is now a permanent resident in her Green Point apartment.

“And he is fitting in quite nicely. He is very chilled and relaxed,” she said with a laugh.

Nurock, a TV producer, named her new companion after Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis in the sitcom Seinfeld. “But he is no one’s enemy,” she said proudly. “He is so cute and his personality has started coming out. He has become a celebrity here.”

When she saw the late night post of the dog urgently in need of a home last month, she didn’t think twice before offering her assistance. “When I collected him, he was in such a bad way. He was very malnourished and he had been through a lot.”

After lots of treatment and TLC from Sea Point vet, Dr Rina Cotton, he now has a new lease on life.

A month after moving to the city, Newman is adapting well to his new surroundings and loves his new home. “I had been looking for a rescue for a while,” Nurock said.

“But someone told me my one will come because [you don’t choose the dog]. The dog chooses you.”

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