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Phoenix is a hero dog who protected her family by bravely scaring off home intruders; suffering being shot at during the ordeal. However, like her name, she will rise from the ashes of this situation thanks to another set of heroes!


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Pretoria, South Africa (28 September 2023) — Phoenix the hero dog’s name couldn’t suit her any better. And just like the fictional creature, the brave dog recently rose from debris of her own after her bravest pursuit—protecting her family from intruders.

The Motalane family and their Phoenix experienced a lot of trauma recently following an attempted armed robbery attack on their home.

The reason the terrible act was only attempted and not successful is thanks to Phoenix, who bravely protected her family by charging at the intruders, eventually scaring them off.

But her efforts didn’t come without battle scars. The intruders opened fire at her.

Suffering a bullet wound to the head, the brave Africanis still continued her heroic pursuit and managed to get them to flee thereafter.

Quickly thereafter, her owner Mmakgomo Motalane wasted no time in getting his four-legged hero help.

“Phoenix is our hero and deserves the best possible care to help her overcome this traumatic experience. She deserves a chance to survive this devastating incident,” Mmakgomo said, putting her trust in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital team.

And, her trust was well placed indeed, because the team on duty were able to give Phoenix that chance!

As the University of Pretoria shares, Phoenix’s jaw had multiple fractures, requiring removal of half her jaw. Dr Anika de Witt, guided by small animal surgical specialist Dr Hermien Viljoen oversaw Phoenix expertly and soon, she was resting in the high-care ward.

Per Times Live, Dr De Witt explained that saving Phoenix was a privilege and that helping her was like piecing the family back together again because of their great love for their dog.

After her recovery, the strong girl was ready and able to go home.

A follow-up visit to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital came with further good news: the veterinary team was over the moon at her progress, and the team believes that Phoenix will rise further from her situation and live a full life.

Sources: Various (Linked Above)
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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