On initial examination, Bolo presented quite thin and hungry. He displayed right-sided blepharospasm (the eye was squinted almost closed), which impeded his vision. After being sedated and placed under general anaesthesia for further clinical examination, we found his left eye had severe cataracts which likely limited his sight to movement and very close surroundings. There is no evidence to support any significant sight from the left eye and our veterinary opinion is “The left eye is permanently impaired and will not improve”
The skin surrounding the right eye was bruised and the outcomes of imaging and clinical examination indicated trauma. Trauma may have been caused by an altercation with another male, with humans (unlikely in veterinary opinion) or from falling. The right eye infection is problematic and will require prolonged therapy.
Outcomes of treatment
Bolo responded well to antibiotic treatment for the infection in the right eye. We believe he is no longer compromised and medical fit for release. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA also removed his collar at the request of NCC, the appointed service provider of the City of Cape Town.
Bolo arrived at the SPCA as a welfare case and was treated as such. A clinical determination now renders him medically fit for release. We have fulfilled our welfare mandate. The decision to release Bolo does not reside with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. His future is now in the hands of CapeNature.