Dog loses leg in shock­ing act of abuse on rail­way line

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

IN A BIZARRE act which has shocked an­i­mal lovers, a small dog had part of its leg sev­ered af­ter be­ing tied to a rail­way line in Welling­ton.

The preg­nant fox ter­rier cross was cut loose but not be­fore sev­eral trains had run over her.

One of her res­cuers, Richelle Gra­ham, said she was still in shock af­ter wit­ness­ing the hor­rific sight.

Gra­ham, who works for African Tails, a Cape Town­based NGO that helps abused and ne­glected dogs in sev­eral town­ships, had been at the SPCA in Welling­ton to drop off do­na­tions with her boyfriend An­dre Ver­biest.

They stopped at the dump with rub­bish, when a man came run­ning up and asked for a knife.

“He drove with us to un­der­neath the R44 bridge next to the rail­way line and pointed out the dog. I thought she was dead be­cause I saw all the blood. She was so still the only move­ment was from her eyes.”

Gra­ham said that the dog’s back and front legs had been splayed and tied to the tracks. “Her neck was tied to a bolt that holds the track in place. Trains had gone over her right leg, I don’t know how many times.

She said Ver­biest strug­gled to cut the ter­ri­fied dog loose.

Gra­ham said it was the worst abuse she had ever seen in her life. The dog, who they have named Lucky Lucy, was taken to the Mar­ket Street An­i­mal Hospi­tal where she was sta­bilised by vets. If she sur­vives she will be trans­ferred to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA where her leg will be am­pu­tated and she will un­dergo re­hab.

SPCA chief in­spec­tor An­dries Ven­ter said they sus­pect the dog was tied to the rail­way line be­cause she was preg­nant.

NSPCA spokes­woman Chris Kuch said: “In the event that an an­i­mal is no longer wanted, please take it to an SPCA. No ques­tions will be asked.”

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