On Thursday evening, December 23, after closing time the “Christmas Grinch” visited the Animal Welfare Society of SA to dump his sickly dog (an elderly German Shepheard Cross) on the doorstep of their Charity Shop.
By the time she was noticed by their Senior Inspector, Mark Levendal who raced to her aid during one of his pro-active Holiday Season Patrols, it was sadly too late.
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As Mark gently lifted her up she gasped her last breath and peacefully passed away in his arms.
“This tragic incident that could very well have been prevented had the owner walked a few more steps to seek our help has left Mark and our after hours Nursing Team emotionally shattered and understandably infuriated”, says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
“This is not the first neglected, sick or injured animal that Mark has found heartlessly dumped at or near our facility but the first that we have been unable to resuscitate – and it hurts!”
These regular after-hours patrols were put in place following an increase in pets being found abandoned, with some cruelly tossed over their boundary wall or left to die hidden in some obscure part of their property, have been instrumental in saving many pets lives and will be continued throughout the busy Holiday Season when they experience an exponential increase in these cruel and senseless acts.
“Earlier today we afforded this “grand old lady” a dignified departure and remembered all of the precious souls who crossed the rainbow bridge during this past tumultuous year”, the Animal Welfare Society of SA concluded.