Doctors from Mediclinic and paramedics from ER24 saved a puppy following a bizarre incident this afternoon where a man tried to sell it on the streets of Cape Town.
Dr Jan Killop and her colleague Geoff Bettison we conducting a route inspection for an event being held in the city. While they were patrolling the route, they came across a man who tried to sell the puppy to them. He offered the puppy to Killop for R10.
She immediately noticed that the puppy appeared to be extremely weak and dehydrated. She decided to intervene and help the puppy. The police were also called to the scene.
Killop and Bettison returned to the clinic station at the event where paramedics from ER24 assisted her in rehydrating the puppy. Event organisers soon heard about the ordeal and offered to sponsor him for a full vet check-up as well as food, toys and a bed. Once they returned to the clinic station from the vet, the puppy was bathed and cared for until he started showing positive signs of rehydration.
According to Maxine Hall-Dickson, an advanced life support paramedic from ER24 that assisted with the care, the puppy is bound to make a full recovery and is currently in ‘foster care’. It is believed the puppy is four weeks old.