The vet has released Hero canine Kei to be with her family before she is set to undergo surgery to repair her jaw, which was severely damaged by a bullet.
Boksburg, South Africa (12 October 2021) – Kei, a Malinois cross, has been hailed a canine hero for her efforts to save her family. In the process, she was shot and badly wounded.
The Lamont family adopted Kei in 2020 from the Boksburg SPCA. The family welcomed a sweet, loving dog into their home; little did they know, she was also a hero! The Boksburg SPCA recently shared an update about Kei and how she defended the Lamont family during a house robbery, taking on one of two armed robbers.
We shared the harrowing tale of how she chased down one of the robbers and took a bullet to the nose in the process yesterday. The story moved many to tears.
Since the shooting, Kei has been receiving dedicated medical care to help treat her wounds. Upon arrival at the animal hospital, she was stabilised, and x-rays determined that the bullet entered the side of her nose, shattering her two top molars, severely injuring her tongue and breaking her jaw.
This means she will need extensive medical care to ensure she heals properly. She has been released back into the care of her family, who will monitor her progress and regularly check in with the vet. The Lamont’s shared that as soon as Kei got home, she ran to the wall where her shooter fled to ensure the area was safe for her family.
Kei is being tube fed due to her injuries. Her mom Sarah has to feed her every three hours, give her medication and check her dressings. Kei will go back to the Onderstepoort vet again on Thursday to have another scan. The scan will help check that there are no more bullet fragments present in her jaw.
Once she is given the all-clear, they can proceed with fitting a plate in her jaw. Kei’s overall treatment is going to reach an estimated cost of R60 000.
People have been asking how they can support this hero. Sarah Lamont has set up a crowdfund on BackaBuddy to raise the funds needed to cover the surgery and additional medical costs for the heroic rescue. If you would like to support her recovery, you can do so here.