Shot by burglars in South Africa, Snoopy the dog is recovering well
The harsh reality of life for many tens of thousands of people living within informal settlements is nothing new….crime, poverty and countless other socio-economic ills are a way of life.
People who call a humble shack, a couple of square meters in size home, try their utmost to protect what meager possessions they own.
Recently, one Community Led Animal Welfare or CLAW client, Thabo (real name withheld) found himself fighting off thieves as they tried to ransack his house.
His main concern though was not for his possessions but for his shaggy, long time companion, Snoopy.
Snoopy has been at her owner Thabo’s side since he was a puppy, so when thieves broke into his house, threatening the lives of the family, Snoopy did her best to protect them, but tragically was shot in her right back leg by one of the armed gangsters.
CLAW manager Jen Gerner recalls:
“The owner was so upset, he has had Snoopy for 10 years! We rushed her to our local veterinarian Dr Koekemoer, who stabilied and took x-rays. Her right femur was shattered but luckily there no internal bleeding. Unfortunately her leg could not be saved and it had to be amputated.”
Happily, Snoopy is now making a remarkable recovery, eating well and learning to cope with living with three legs while she convalesces at our Durban Deep premises. Her concerned owner visits regularly and is so happy that she has pulled through. Just the other day Thabo and his entire family arrived to see her – along with the rest of the family dogs!
“All of us were in tears at how happy she was to see them and know that she had not been abandoned,” said Cora Bailey.
Of real concern is that since CLAW started investigating the incident, Thabo has been threatened by the robbers to keep quiet. Intimidation of victims is one of the main reasons why perpetrators are often not “brought to book” after crimes occur.
“In trying to get justice, people have to weigh up the real danger of losing their lives in the process,” says Cora.
“The owner is so frightened that we have promised that CLAW will not press charges against the robbers for animal cruelty. We have seen the local police commander who is waiting for further information on who the villains are, and he will then dispatch a task force to deal with the illegal weapons and criminals in the area where Thabo lives. Sadly, for now, nobody is coming forward with the addresses. Police corruption is rife in our area, and the community just does not trust them”.
CLAW will continue to try to bring the criminals to justice while keeping Thabo, Snoopy, and his two other dogs, safe.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.