6-month-old puppy recovering after ordeal

The 6-month-old Labridor cross. Pic: Witbank News

The 6-month-old Labridor cross. Pic: Witbank News

A six-month-old puppy is recovering after it was left for dead on the side of the road when the motorist who hit it drove off in Witbank, Mpumalanga.

A witness, Ester Muller, said she was driving on Friday, May 29, when she saw the 4×4 vehicle hit the dog and heard the dog’s screams. She immediately turned around and found the dog lying alongside the road, Witbank News reported.

“Another motorist stopped on the opposite side of the road and rushed over to me. With her help we managed to get the dog wrapped into a blanket and loaded it into my car,” added Muller.

Muller said they took the puppy to Klipfontein Animal Clinic. It was at first suspected the pup had suffered from possible spinal and hip injury.

Dr Dawie Havelaar and his assistant Jantjie Tau tended to the Labrador cross. The pup was given an injection to minimise the pain and was also given a sedative later that day to prep her for the X-ray. The X-ray showed she had suffered from a pelvic and femur-neck fracture.

“She will need to undergo orthopaedic surgery. We have done everything we can for her at this point,” said Dr Havelaar.

Muller visited the pup again later to see how she was doing.

“I was worried for her. I was told that there might be the possibility that she will be put down if the injuries are too serious. Fortunately that isn’t the case,” said Muller.

“We will have to see how her recovery progresses, but she must see an orthopaedic specialist,” said Dr Havelaar.

“The owner might have been away for the weekend. Hopefully they see she is missing and come forward to collect her. We can’t keep her here indefinitely,” said Dr Havelaar.

– Caxton News Service

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