Res­cue af­ter road trip

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SEEK­ING shel­ter from loud fire­works, Jessy, a 1-year old Jack Russell ter­rier cross, squeezed her­self into the engine com­part­ment of her owner’s car.

Obliv­i­ous to Jessy’s plight, her owner drove from their home in Malvern to Reser­voir Hills, where her cries drew at­ten­tion and she was res­cued by Kloof and High­way SPCA trainee in­spec­tor, Is­rael Silevu, in a del­i­cate 2-hour process.

Jessy was pet­ri­fied by the fire­works on Wed­nes­day

and crawled into the car, which was parked at her home. Her owner, who asked not to be named, said she had been 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 shocked and fran­tic to find her dog trapped there. Ac­cord­ing to her, Jessy’s legs were cov­ered in oil, there were a few scratches on her hind paws, and she had suf­fered a burn at her rear end.

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

Silevu was on duty when he re­ceived a call from the fran­tic pet owner, ask­ing for help.

The res­cue op­er­a­tion took al­most two hours be­cause Silevu had to en­sure that Jessy was freed with as lit­tle dis­tress as pos­si­ble. He 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 at the vet for a while.... She’s still not a 100% 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 ad­vised 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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