Rubbish dump puppy is a 'cutie patootie'

2016-01-21 11:00
Bramble at feeding time. (Credit DARG Facebook)

Bramble at feeding time. (Credit DARG Facebook)

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Cape Town - Two weeks after she was found on a rubbish heap in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, a puppy rescued by a group of children is a healthy ball of fur with a cute new name.

The children who found Bramble in the densely-populated Donse Yakhe area took her to the Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG). She was around five days old.

Fundraiser Debra Buys told News24 the pup’s eyes and ears were still closed and the umbilical cord was still attached.

“She was in good health but terribly hungry and latched onto anything she could suck. She was started on bottle feeding immediately.”

Attempts to find the mother and other pups proved fruitless.

After being given a name, Bramble settled in to foster care with Hilary Russell Gunn of Hout Bay Pets.

Because she was still so small, she needed to be bottle fed every two hours, Buys said.

“She is now two weeks old, her eyes have opened, in very good health and an absolute cutie patootie,” she enthused.

The pro-life NPO operated in the greater Hout Bay area and faced an “absolute puppy and kitten explosion” in the lower income areas of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg.

“Most of these abandoned, unwanted and abused animals end up at DARG. This is both part due to a lack of pet care education and money available for pet sterilisation,” Buys said.

DARG launched a Sponsor-A-Snip campaign in December 2014 to raise funds for free pet sterilisation in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. 

“With donations we have been able to sterilise 260 animals to date. This means just for the first breeding cycle at an average of four animals per litter, 1 040 fewer unwanted animals are on the street.”

She appealed to animal lovers to donate R250 per animal.

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