Jack Rus­sell gets hot un­der the col­lar

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VA­LEN­CIA GOVINDASAMY

SEEK­ING shel­ter from loud fire­works dur­ing Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions on Wed­nes­day evening, Jessy, a one-year-old Jack Rus­sell ter­rier cross, squeezed her­self into the en­gine com­part­ment of her owner’s car.

The trau­ma­tised dog crawled into the en­gine of her owner’s ve­hi­cle, which was parked at her home in Malvern, Dur­ban.

She re­mained trapped while her owner drove from their home in Malvern to Reservoir Hills, where her cries drew the at­ten­tion of her owner, and she was fi­nally res­cued by Kloof and High­way SPCA re­ceiv­ing a phone call from Jessy’s dis­tressed owner.

The pet owner, who asked not to be named, said she was on her way to cam­pus in Westville at about 7pm when she heard a noise com­ing from her en­gine.

“I had no idea Jessy was in the car. I thought she was at home, sleep­ing. I be­gan hear­ing sounds, and I thought maybe I drove over an an­i­mal on the road. On my way to cam­pus, I stopped at my friend’s house in Reservoir Hills to fetch her, and I heard a proper bark, and I knew there was a dog in­side my car.

“That’s when I opened the bon­net, and I saw Jessy. She gapped her way in from un­der­neath the car and was trapped in the en­gine.”

She said she was ex­tremely shocked and fran­tic to find her dog trapped there.

Ac­cord­ing to her, Jessy was cov­ered in oil on all four legs, there were a few scratches on her hind paws, and she also suf­fered a burn mark at her rear end.

“She looked quite scared, and her eyes looked pretty bad as well,” she said.

Kloof and High­way SPCA trainee In­spec­tor, Is­rael Silevu, was on duty when he re­ceived a call from the fran­tic owner ask­ing for help re­quest­ing as­sis­tance with her one-year-old pup.

The res­cue op­er­a­tion took al­most two hours be­cause Silevu had to en­sure that Jessy was freed with as lit­tle dis­tress as pos­si­ble.

Silevu asked that the dog be taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian for a full ex­am­i­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Jessy’s owner, she is re­cov­er­ing from her trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“She was in the vet for a while, but they let her out now. She’s still not a hun­dred per­cent bet­ter.

“She’s not as hy­per as she nor­mally is, so I wouldn’t say she’s back to her old self.”

Brigitte Ros­souw, of Kloof and High­way SPCA, ad­vises pet own­ers to stay home with their an­i­mals and keep them in­side on nights when fire­works are be­ing set off.

“We also urge own­ers to mi­crochip their pets, or pro­vide them with some form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion around their col­lar. If own­ers are aware that their pets are scared of loud noises and fire­works, get them calm­ing med­i­ca­tion from a nearby vet.

“Lastly, own­ers should find ways to en­ter­tain their pets. Play mu­sic, give them a toy or stay with them in­doors,” she said.

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