Three children have shown that heroes can save the day by walking instead of flying after embarking on a 30-minute journey from Parkwood to the SPCA, carrying an injured puppy in a baby car seat.
11-year-old Matthew Hahm, 10-year-old Thorne Davids and 9-year-old Alex Jacobs showed that age is no barrier to taking action for animals with their determination to seek help.
According to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, the dynamite trio were still reeling in shock after a free roaming dog tried to attack Thorne’s puppy, Bruno while they were playing in the garden. The dog chased Bruno into the street, and after the three young boys followed him, they witnessed Bruno being crushed by an oncoming car.
Sadly, the driver of the vehicle had no intention to stop and instead of panicking, Matthew, Thorne and Alex cleverly took down the number plate and placed Bruno in the car seat, which was the only “stretcher” they could find.
They each shared the load as they endured a long walk to the SPCA but remained determined, and it was only after Bruno’s injuries were assessed by staff that Thorne broke down in tears.
“When pain made [Bruno] a little snarly and snappy, it was only Thorne who could calm him down so that [the] onsite veterinarian Dr Stephan Spamer could finish his initial assessment. Trust like that is only born from loving care,” the Cape of Good Hope SPCA says.
Bruno was then admitted and needed urgent pain medication and x-rays under sedation so that the SPCA could determine the extent of his injuries.
Fortunately, he has no broken bones and the SPCA was able to treat two of three severely damaged paws. His right front paw has tissue damage and the bone is exposed. Although Dr Spamer has increased efforts to save Bruno’s paw which will mean a long, costly hospital stay, if it doesn’t heal well, it may have to be amputated.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is appealing to fur-parents and animal lovers to contribute to Bruno’s care, so that he can return home to his loving owner, Thorne, as soon as possible.
Here are the details:
EFT Banking Details
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: 025309 / 051001 (internet banking)
Account Number: 071832858
Account Type: Cheque
Account Name: The Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Beneficiary Reference: Your Name and Bruno
Send proof of payment to: [email protected]
Visit the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for more information.
If you happen to witness a hit and run, please take down the make, model and registration of the vehicle and report this incident as well as any injured animals you see on the side of the road to the Cape SPCA Inspectorate on 021 700 4158/9 or after hours on 083 326 1604.
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Picture/s: Cape of Good Hope SPCA