Dog loses leg in shocking act of abuse on railway line
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.”