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The Cape of Good Hope SPCA received an anonymous call about children throwing stones at puppies allegedly dumped near a canal in Eersteriver. Inspector Mark Syce responded and found four female puppies, of which one was dead on arrival. Three were saved and brought to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Animal Hospital in Grassy Park.
The puppies were given soft food and water on arrival while waiting to be examined by a veterinarian. Dr Stephan Spamer confirmed all three had a severe worm infection. One of the three suffered trauma to her left abdomen resulting in an inoperable hernia and was humanely euthanised. “She presented with an extensive hernia (extending from the inguinal region up to the side and top of the flank. This was likely from trauma. Due to the severity of the injury and the age of the puppy as well as the number of structures in the region that had been compromised, this was beyond surgical intervention” Spamer stated.
The remaining two are undergoing testing for other infectious diseases and the next two weeks remain critical for their survival.
The case remains under investigation to initiate animal cruelty charges.