A driver for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic was hijacked at gunpoint while on a call out to collect a dog in need of medical assistance on Wednesday [December 30, 2020].
In a Facebook post, the clinic explained: “Sakhumzi, our driver, was hijacked at gunpoint when collecting a dog needing medical assistance. Both Sakhumzi and the pet owner are extremely shaken. We can only thank higher powers that there were no dogs in our trailer unit as both the trailer and bakkie were stolen.”
The clinic explained that the criminals demanded Sakhumzi hand over his personal and work cell phones. The vehicle was also recovered as it had a Cartrack fitted.
“The site B SAPS found the vehicle and the trailer (the latter had been dumped en route). SAPS towed our car which is now being held for fingerprints. We will be asking SAPS to release it as soon as they are able to as it is our ambulance – an essential service in the community.
“We ask for community members to please be patient with us while we are without this vehicle. Thank you to SAPS and our staff who jumped in to help. Luckily no people were hurt but Sakhumzi will be taking the next few days off to try recover.”
The clinic have pleaded to the public to help with donations that will be put toward recovery costs. “but only if you can, we know everyone is going through a tough financial time,” the clinic said.
The post concluded: “Thank you to our loyal supporters who have been standing with us through this very tough 2020!”
If you are in a position to donate, you can do so with the following details:
Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Account no: 075595710
Branch code: 025009
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