The SPCA prepare themselves for an influx of injuries during firework season every year and most cases are quite tragic, but one of their patients has finally recovered and is going home.


Cape Town, South Africa – Every year, without fail, the SPCA will receive several injured animals who have either been hurt by fireworks or have been hurt by something else while on the run from fireworks.

This year the Cape of Good Hope SPCA met Troy, a 2-year-old Boerboel from the Pelican Park area who had escaped from his home in absolute terror on the night of Guy Fawkes (5 November) when fireworks were discharged nearby.

In the panic, Troy bolted, forcing his way through the security gate.

In the seconds it took for the fireworks to shoot off, Demetri Holman, Troy’s owner jumped to his feet to soothe the dog. Before Demetri could even get to his terrified dog, Troy had forced his way through the gates and out onto the streets.

“Holman started to search for Troy immediately and continued to do so until the early hours of the morning. Thankfully, a fellow animal lover had seen a dog with a wound to his face running wildly through the streets and reported this to the SPCA emergency line. Collections Officer Norman Benya responded and this very scared boy was brought to our Animal Hospital for treatment at around 1 am”

Once they had Troy safely at the animal hospital, they called Demetri to let him know that his beloved dog had been found and the “furdad” was so thankful that the SPCA assisted Troy.

Troy had sustained a big gaping wound to the side of his face while trying to escape the loud bangs; the team treated it and inserted a microchip too in case Troy ever tried to escape again.

“When I received the call from the SPCA Lost and Found at 9am on the 6th of November I was relieved that my search for Troy was over. 

I was also so appreciative of the heart-warming support and shares across Facebook from other dog owners. A big thank you to the person who called the SPCA when they saw my injured Troy.” – Demetri Holman

Troy is now healed and happy as ever. The SPCA sent the picture (above) of Troy, happy and healed as well as the image of his injury (below).

We are sharing the picture to highlight just how Fireworks can indirectly injure an animal. It is important to remember his face as we lead up to New Year’s Eve, another night where fireworks reign terror in South Africa.

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA 
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