Dog rescue: all in a day’s work

Warren Barry says Layla might have scared house robbers and they let her loose in order to break-in into the house.
Warren Barry says Layla might have scared house robbers and they let her loose in order to break-in into the house.

An Observatory dog owner, Warren Barry did not only lose all his belongings after a house break-in, he almost lost his beloved pit bull terrier too, who was home when the burglars struck.

Layla the dog is alive and safe, thanks to a couple of humans who decided not to turn a blind eye.

Catherine Kelly and her daughter Christine Rachwal, and Woodstock police officers acted swiftly to rescue Layla, after she ran into the road when the burglars entered the house.

Layla is now recovering at home after four days in intensive care at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Grassy Park. She was discharged on Thursday 15 August.

It seems the robbers let Layla loose when they broke into Barry’s home in Kimberley Road at around 16:30 on Saturday 10 August.

The pit bull ran into the road where she was hit by a car.

She suffered severe injuries.

Barry is extremely grateful to Kelly and Rachwal for their support, saying his dog has a very special place in his heart – she is his only dog and clearly a big part of his life.

“You can see her paw is still sore and there’s some swelling and bleeding sometimes, but she is doing well,” says Barry.

Narrating the ordeal, Kelly says she and Rachwal were on their way home after visiting a friend when they saw a dog being knocked over by a car.

“My daughter screamed in shock: ‘Mommy stop, a dog was knocked over’. I stopped and we followed the dog, who ran into a bar where it went to lay down in a corner, howling in pain and bleeding. My daughter was so shocked – the people inside the bar didn’t want the dog there. Christine flagged a police van and the officers came to help us.”

Kelly says the officers called the SPCA, who came to fetch the dog. “The officers were wonderful. It’s not always that people care about animals, but they stayed with us and made sure the dog was in good hands,” Kelly says.

Mqabuko Moyo-Ndukwana, chief executive officer at the SPCA says Layla was assessed and found to be lame in her right front leg. She also had some open wounds. They managed to contact her owner because she has been to the SPCA before.

Moyo-Ndukwana advises pet owners to ensure their animals are micro-chipped and to report any lost pets to the SPCA. He also says owners of missing pets should check if their pets may have found their way to the SPCA.

“Layla was vaccinated, dewormed and sterilised as a puppy at the SPCA in 2016. This made our process of reuniting her with her owner so much easier.

“We would like to thank the members of the public and the officers of the Woodstock police who came to her rescue,” says Moyo-Ndukwana.

Warrant Officer Hilton Malila, spokesperson for the Woodstock police station confirmed the incident and says the station commends the officers for the good work.

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