After five months of intensive care at the Empangeni SPCA in KwaZulu-Natal, a rural hunting dog has made a miraculous recovery after it was found wandering near the Kosi Bay area.
Stef van der Sandt and his fiancée Shaye Oram were on holiday in Zululand when they found the three-month-old dog in August last year. The dog was hairless and suffering from both demodectic and sarcoptic mange (skin infections caused by parasitic and overgrown mites), Zululand Observer reported.
The couple, who subsequently named the dog “Manky”, brought him to the Empangeni SPCA.
Saved from a painful death, Manky was placed under the care of SPCA Office Manager Janine Quaite. Despite having five dogs of her own, she took it upon herself to nurse Manky back to health.
With the support of friends and colleagues the couple funded much of Manky’s treatment.
Unable to regulate his body temperature, Manky had to often wear a jersey, and an infrared heating lamp was set up in his unit to keep him warm.
“It was hard work. I tried to get volunteers to assist, but he was in such a terrible state they simply wouldn’t go near him,” said Quaite.
With the help of a local veterinarian, Dr Geoffrey Fourie, Manky was transformed from his pitiful state into a healthy, happy canine.
Now all that’s left to do is find the resilient pup a loving home.
“He has been put up for adoption. I received a few enquiries today about adopting Manky but an intensive screening process will be conducted. He a trusting and loving dog and needs special care,” said Quaite.
As Manky is used to being surrounded by people and other animals, his potential owners will have to spend time with him and not leave him alone for long periods of time.
“I wish I could keep him, but I can’t give him the attention he needs. It will be tough to see him go, but he needs the love and company we can’t give him as a kennel dog, which is why we have decided to rehome him,” said Quaite.
– Caxton News Service