Mirac­u­lous rise of Phoenix af­ter shoot­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LELETU GXULUWE

AF­TER eight months of pain and agony, Phoenix, a twoyear-old dog which was shot last April in Blue Downs, Cape Town, has fi­nally re­cov­ered and is seek­ing a place to call his home.

The pit bull-cross suf­fered a bul­let wound to the head in what is be­lieved to have been an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween his owner and a third party.

The dog re­ceived roundthe-clock treat­ment at the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ed­u­ca­tion and re­source de­vel­op­ment man­ager at the CoGH SPCA Belinda Abra­hams said the dog sur­vived and quickly found a way into the hearts of staff.

“The en­try wound was only a small hole on the side of his skull. It was too risky to re­move the bul­let, which is still lodged in his brain be­hind his eye.”

She said Phoenix was trust­ing and gen­tle de­spite the abuse he suf­fered at the hands of hu­mans.

“This truly coura­geous dog shows us yet again the in­cred­i­ble re­silience of an an­i­mal’s spirit. In his time spent with the ken­nel staff Phoenix has wig­gled his way into our hearts with his lov­ing eyes and soft dis­po­si­tion.”

As a re­sult of his in­jury, Phoenix has a small head tilt and usu­ally rests his head against the wall to pre­vent him­self from fall­ing over.

“He has a lot more flex­i­bil­ity and his head tilt is not as se­vere as be­fore.”

Abra­hams said Phoenix needed a fam­ily who un­der­stood the im­por­tance of ba­sic train­ing, so­cial­i­sa­tion and daily ex­er­cise.

“Phoenix is a good­na­tured dog who in­ter­acts well with oth­ers dogs, but we would re­quire a mee­tand-greet should po­ten­tial adopters have a dog al­ready.”

Abra­hams said an­i­mals were reg­u­larly the vic­tims of stray bul­lets and some­times even in­ten­tional shoot­ings and stab­bings. Two other dogs in their care were vic­tims of a shoot­ing and vi­o­lent stab­bing. The dog that was shot had to un­dergo an am­pu­ta­tion.

“Last year ended with a dog that had been shot twice and stabbed in the neck,” said Abra­hams.

PAWS FOR THOUGHT: Phoenix was shot in a gang­land in­ci­dent in Blue Downs, Cape Town, and taken to the CoGH SPCA, where he has been treated and made a good re­cov­ery.

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