Raising funds for injured animals

* Thembe Sinqe from Fish Hoek Vet with Diesel.

The Fish Hoek Community Police Forum (CPF) has launched a fund-raising drive to help animals injured as a result of crime.

This after a 4-year-old Border-collie cross, Diesel, was brutally stabbed during an attempted break-in in Silver Glade on Thursday May

CPF chairman, Andre Blom, said the dog had to undergo emergency surgery at the Fish Hoek Veterinary Clinic and was in a stable condition. However, he said, due to the extensive injuries the veterinary medical costs were likely to be high.

Mr Blom said two men jumped over the wall of a Silver Glade home around 1pm on Thursday while the owners were out. It is believed that Diesel, and the couple’s other dog, Todd, a Yorkshire terrier, tried to protect the home when Diesel, the larger of the two dogs, was stabbed.

Neighbours heard the commotion, intervened and the two men ran away.

The homeowners returned to find a seriously injured Diesel in the garden.

Mr Blom said the CPF fund would be known as the Diesel Animal Support Fund. “Any criminal incident is traumatic enough for us as humans, but often the traumatic effect it has on our animals is forgotten,” he said.

Police spokesman, Warrant Officer Peter Middelton, said it was “horrific” what had happened to Diesel.

Fish Hoek vet Dr Jean Russell said Diesel had sustained one deep stab wound to the chest and would need ongoing medical treatment.

Just how high the final vet bill will be is unknown but so far it’s about R11 000.

The project will be run by the CPF with help from local veterinary clinics.

For more details, contact Mr Blom at 082 622 8180 or chairpersoncpf.fishhoek@gmail.com or project manager Patrick Benade at 0824910519 or patrick.benade@gmail.com