Doctors from Mediclinic and ER24 paramedics on Saturday saved a puppy from the hands of a man who tried to sell it for R10 on the streets of Cape Town.
ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said Dr Jan Killop and her colleague, Geoff Bettison were 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 pup to them,” Vermaak said.
The puppy appeared to be extremely weak and dehydrated. Killop decided to intervene and help the animal. It is believed that the puppy is four weeks old.
The police were also called to the scene.
Killop and Bettison returned to the clinic station at the event where paramedics from ER24 helped her rehydrate 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”.