Four-month-old puppy, Trouble, has been hailed a hero by the Mdzananda Animal Clinic staff in Khayelitsha.
The cross-breed puppy was injured by burglars while trying to protect his humans and mom and needs help to cover his medical care.
According to Marcelle du Plessis, fund-raising and communications executive at Mdzandaza clinic, on Tuesday December 12, a group of gangsters tried to break into Trouble’s home. Trouble’s mom scared off the criminals and chased them down the road, and he followed, barking and growling along with his mom.
The criminals attacked the puppy, breaking his radius and ulnar of the front left leg. Trouble was taken by Mdzananda’s animal ambulance to their NPO veterinary hospital in Khayelitsha.
“As Trouble is still very young, surgery wasn’t required. Being so small, his bones are still growing. With a splint bandage to keep the bones back in line, they will heal correctly.“
She said the splint bandage will stay on for two to three weeks after which the veterinarians will be able to determine how well the healing process is going.
Trouble is back home with his family and will return to the animal clinic for a check-up in three weeks.
Phiwe Finca, marketting officer at the clinic, said Trouble was a fearless little puppy and a big hero in the community. “Moral of the story? Be brave, no matter your size.”
The family declined to comment on the incident and have not opened a case.
Meanwhile, if you would like to help contribute to the costs incurred for Trouble’s care, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.