Rescued 4-week-old puppy euthanised

2016-06-20 18:07
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Durban – A four-month-old puppy, which was saved in a dramatic six-hour rescue last week, was put down after it tested positive for canine parvoviris, the Kloof and Highway SPCA said on Monday.

Spokesperson Lisa Morck urged all pet owners to vaccinate their animals following the incident.

Around 20:00 on Sunday, June 12, Kloof and Highway SPCA’s inspector Petros Simamane and field officer Eric Simamane responded to an emergency call about a four-week-old puppy that had fallen down an uncovered drain at a home in Marian Ridge.

The inspectors could not find it in the maze of drain pipes and they did not have the necessary equipment. They decided to return on Monday.

"Food and water were lowered down into the drain for the puppy until the help needed could arrive."

On Monday afternoon, Rescue Tech joined the inspectors in their search. They used special machinery to break up the floor.

"After more than six hours of continuous digging, around 19:40 on Monday evening, the puppy was safely rescued."

The puppy and its six siblings were taken into the SPCA’s care. Their mother was sterilised.

"Sadly, yesterday [Sunday, June 19] the puppies' health deteriorated drastically and a canine parvoviris test was administered. The results were positive for the disease and the difficult decision was made to euthanise the puppies."

Morck said it was a grim reminder to pet owners on the importance of vaccinating their pets.

"The female dog was not vaccinated and therefore the puppies’ immune systems were not strong enough to fight off the disease in the end."

The female dog was doing well and was returned to her owners last week.

Morck urged all home owners to ensure all holes and drains on their premises were covered, especially during construction work.

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