Manny was lucky — this time

Coastal News - - Front Page - By LES­LEY STANILAND news@coastal­news.co.nz

When Lee Rap­son saw the ny­lon fish­ing line dan­gling from his dog’s mouth on Mon­day his heart sank.

A few years ago Manny, now 12, saw a yummy morsel ly­ing on the sand and, be­ing a typ­i­cal gan­net­dog, chomped onto the del­i­cacy. . . and swal­lowed it.

Af­ter an un­com­fort­able week­end on seda­tives and painkillers, a trip was made in the early hours of a Mon­day morn­ing to keep a 9am ap­point­ment with spe­cial­ist vets.

Three op­er­a­tions and $6000 later, Manny was able to re­turn home.

But on Mon­day this week, when Lee saw the ny­lon dan­gling from Manny’s mouth, dol­lar signs again flashed through his mind.

“Luck­ily though, af­ter forc­ing Manny’s jaws open I was able to re­move the hook from in­side his cheek,” Lee said.

He is an­gry that peo­ple who fish from the beach are so care­less with hooks and bait.

“They should al­ways check that their fish­ing gear is not left ly­ing around where dogs or seag­ulls can be tempted by the bait.

“And what if a child — or an adult — trod on the hook . . . it’s so dan­ger­ous and causes pain and anx­i­ety in vic­tims,” Lee said.

With sum­mer com­ing on and crowds flock­ing to our beaches, he urges beach fish­ers to be alert to the dan­gers of leav­ing hooks unat­tended.

■ A Whanga­mata An­i­mal Hospi­tal spokes­woman said the clinic had treated three or four pa­tients with em­bed­ded hooks in the past year, while Whanga­mata Vet Hospi­tal said they had seen five or six pa­tients, in­clud­ing a cat.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Lee Rap­son and 12-year-old Manny. INSET: The vi­cious spike on the hook.

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