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Epitaph for a street dog

She was a normal street dog, nondescript, rather ugly, unloved. Being a bitch she of course kept having puppies. Obviously she had annoyed somebody because one of her front legs was almost severed by a panga and she was dumped out of a car in Ruiru together with her latest litter.

Paul with Abby on arrival

Paul with Abby on arrival

It was raining hard at that time but she found a place to be with her puppies though it was not rainproof. Fortunately a concerned member of the public saw her and phoned the KSPCA.  Field Officer Paul Mifunyi went to collect her. Though she was suspicious of humans she went with her puppies in the van and so to KSPCA. The bottom third of her leg, which was hanging by some skin came off in the vehicle. Her wound was cleaned and she was treated with antibiotics and put in a pen with her puppies.

Abby after her leg has healed

Abby after her leg has healed

However this she did not like and she managed in spite of her wound to jump out. She stayed outside the pen near her puppies who fortunately were old enough to eat by themselves. Once they were rehomed we caught her and put her in a kennel to try to socialise her. She was getting more trusting so she was spayed with a view to being one of our outside guard dogs. A new beginning. However it was not to be. One morning she ate her breakfast as usual, greeted some puppies from another litter and shortly afterwards was found dead. A postmortem showed that she had suffered a heart attack. Rest in peace brave dog, we hope you are now in a better place.

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