Senior Dachshund rescued from squatter camp
Update 17 May: ADOPTED
25 April: We picked up this little elderly fellow yesterday in the squatter camp. We saw him noodling around amidst the trash (not to mention the kids that play there in the rubbish too).
We spoke to the owner as he seems to be struggling. They said immediately: please take him, it’s not good for him here. He has been there for three years.
Where does he come from? The lady’s boss in Durbanville who decided that sending an older Dachshund into the SQUATTER CAMP is a good idea because she is so fond of her domestic (actually, she probably just wanted a convenient way to ditch the dog).
Firstly, the lady who took him has been looking after him as well as possible, given the circumstances she lives in – she is NOT to blame.
Secondly: the woman (whom we wish we could take into the camp to show her what life there is like) is the one at fault. We are sick and tired of coming across animals in the township which the boss decided they didn’t want anymore and thought it would be a great idea to send them there.
These animals have not grown up in these surroundings; they don’t really know how to look after themselves.
Dogs which grew up there know how to defend themselves, how to forage for food if need be – they are used to the chaos, noise, and danger.
No matter how nice the person you give your dog to is, this is NOT a good environment. In fact, this is not a place for people either, but at least they can look out for themselves. He is so short he can barely climb over the trash, and the dongas filled with effluent & rubble are higher than he is!!! Imagine his surprise at coming from a quiet, suburban home, and ending up in this chaotic, scary environment?!
This is a dangerous place, for people and animals alike. And, while (as we’ve said before) many dogs here are very happy, they are still at high risk of being hurt or killed. In fact, on Friday, we treated a dog which had been stolen and used to hunt, and severely injured his leg.
Do you REALLY think it is a good idea to send your pampered little lapdog there?
If you don’t want your dog, make some effort and find a safe home – do a home check, visit, check he is ok. Don’t just dump him on someone who probably can’t actually afford to care for another pet and is probably too polite to say no to their boss.