I considered not posting this story to the blog, but I feel that as many people as possible should be made aware of the cruelty displayed against animals every day. If the post doesn't make sense at times, please forgive me, as I am struggling between utter sadness and being stark raving mad at the moment. Maybe a little background would help you understand why I feel this way.
I have a little dog called Mica. She is a "sort of" Jack Russel Terrier and the absolute light of our lives. We got her from a dear friend when she was seven weeks old and since then she sleeps in our bed, sometimes even eat at our table and is generally the love of everyone at home's life.
She gives unconditional love to everyone and likes nothing more than to just play with you and love you. All she asks is food ( not much by the way) and love - lots of love. Look at the pictures in the slide show and tell me she is not just adorable.
Now the reason for this post is an e-mail I received from a friend. Again - this is not for sensitive viewers. I post the e-mail intact below and request you forward this to as many people as possible.
Our society plays host to a couple of truly sick (evil) people. Understanding how anyone could physically harm another human being is difficult enough, but at least sometimes that other human has a chance of fighting back. Being deliberately cruel to animals I could never and will never understand. This is an unequal fight right from the start and being cruel to a dog, whose inherent nature is to love and protect you, is beyond my brain capacity. How could anyone betray such unwavering trust.
Sorry I ramble on. Here is the post - feel free to comment or to send it on.
THE BACKGROUND STORY
Subject: My name is Lucky Lucy and I was tied to a railway line to be hit by a train.
This is one of the saddest stories we have to tell! The pictures are the hardest to look at, I know, but it needs to be seen!
Andre and I went to the SPCA Wellington as we often do to go donate some doggy biscuits, cat litter and rub some of the doggies. We then left to go to the rubbish dump to disperse of our rubbish when a man stopped us to ask if we had a knife. We wanted to know why, so he said come and look! He hopped into the bakkie with us and we proceeded to underneath the R44 bridge next to the railway line, where Andre and I discovered one of the MOST GRUESOME acts of cruelty that the word CRUEL CAN NOT DESCRIBE! Please read below, her story, I tried to put it in words but it's so hard for me, I’m in shock too! The pictures will tell you her own story!
The terror and fear in this doggie is unexplainable! Andre cut her loose and gave her to me to hold, we could see some relief as she took another breath, and as he gave her to me, a train roared past OVER THE EXACT SPOT WHERE SHE WAS A MOMENT AGO! How many trains have gone over her before we found her, is hard to imagine as the trauma she must have faced feeling and seeing the train approach her and she couldn't get away.
We rushed to Market street Animal Hospital where she is presently with our great Vet's Dr. Du Plessis and Dr.van Deventer and Assistant Nurse Adri, who dropped everything to help stabilise her.
We want to go big with this story PLEASE the media need to know about this, we need the public to help us with her and we need the public to see this cruelty.
Circulating this email to your contacts could help too, please.
She is a very strong, special girl!
She has to be stabilized for 2-3 days then Andries Venter, Chief Inspectorate of the Good Hope SPCA offered to do further medical remedial operations by their great team of Vets.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDRIES FOR THIS, FOR THE CHANCE TO GIVE HER LIFE AGAIN!
THANK YOU YEAL THAT WE COULD RUSH HER TO THE VET FOR TREATMENT BUT MOST OF ALL THANK YOU THAT WE CAN GIVE HER A CHANCE CAUSE SHE DESERVES IT!!!!
After her operation Andre and I will teach her to love and trust a human again. Then when she is healthy, she will show us who her previous owner is, even if it takes us months, we will find the perpetrator and Lucky Lucy will have her justice!
MY NAME IS LUCKY LUCY AND TODAY I WAS TIED TO A RAILWAY LINE SO A TRAIN COULD HIT ME!
ALL I REMEMBER IS THAT I WAS HAPPY AND PLAYING, I WAS FED AND DIDN’T GO HUNGRY, PERHAPS MY OWNER DID LOVE ME AT ONE STAGE CAUSE I LIVED WELL AND WARM, I WAS CLEAN AND HAD FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH AND I FOUND A BOYFIREND AND CARRIED HIS BABIES, BUT THEN SUDDENLY FOR SOME REASON SOMETHING CHANGED IN MY OWNER.
HE WENT LOOKING FOR A STRONG ROPE, SOMETHING THAT COULDN’T SNAP OR GET LOOSE AND HE TOOK ME WITH HIM, WHICH I THOUGHT WOULD BE THE USUAL STROLL YOU GO ON WITH YOUR OWNER, BUT THEN WE WERE AT THE TRAIN TRACKS AND HE GRABBED ME, TOOK MY BACK HIND LEGS AND STRETCHED THEM OUT TO BE TIED TO MY FRONT LEGS, THEN MY BODY, STRETCHED, WAS TIED TO THE RAILWAY LINE, THEN HE TOOK MY HEAD AND TIED IT TO THE BOLT THAT HOLDS THE TRACK IN PLACE, MY HEAD MUST HAVE BEEN A CENTIMETER AWAY FROM THE TRACK.
THEN HE TURNED AND WALKED AWAY, DIDN’T EVEN LOOK BACK, I THOUGHT AT FIRST THIS MUST BE A GAME BUT HE DISSAPEARED. I DIDN’T K NOW WHAT WAS GOING ON, THEN I FELT THE VIBRATION, THEN I SAW THIS HUGE TRAIN COMING AT ME AND I COULDN’T MOVE, I TRIED WITH ALL MY STRENGTH BUT I JUST COULDN’T MOVE……….
THE TRAIN WENT OVER MY LEG, MY PAW WAS GONE AND MY MUSCLE HAD BEEN RIPPED FROM MY ALREADY SMASHED BONE!
I DIDN’T FEEL ANYMORE, I JUST LAY DEADSTILL AND WAITED TO DIE CAUSE A FEW MORE TRAINS PASSED OVER ME…..I JUST CLOSED MY EYES…..
OUT OF NOWHERE THIS MAN SAW ME, HE SCREAMED AND RAN AWAY ONLY TO COME BACK WITH TWO PEOPLE, THEY JUMPED OUT THE CAR AND CUT MY NECK AND PAWS FROM THE ROPES. I DON’T KNOW IF MY LIFE WAS NOW GOING TO BE OVER COMPLETELY CAUSE WHO WOULD KEEP SOMEONE IN MY STATE ALIVE?
BUT AT THE HOSPITAL I HEARD THE LADY AND MAN SAY, “HOLD ON FOR US GIRL, DON’T GIVE UP, WE WILL GIVE YOU LIFE!”
Now I will try my best to pull through, I know they are asking everyone to pray for me, so I will pray for me too
We are excited to tell you all that Lucy's operation went very well. Her leg was amputated above the elbow and she's sleeping and recovering well. Unfortunately though, the pups she was carrying could not be saved.
I hope I am not looking too "hospitally" but I tried posing nicely. I don't know why I feel like I am going to stumble to the side all the time but I think I am doing ok, I ate a great meal this morning again. I think I need to thank A LOT BUT A LOT of people for phoning me here at the hospital, for the people who visited, for the people offering to adopt me and all the people who donated, cause Auntie Richelle told me everyday all about it. I’m hoping that people will see I need the long road ahead to recover and I want to do so peacefully and don't want to move too far away from where I feel safe now, close to my doctor's. I will hope though that all these lovely people who are trying to help me would please try and help my fellow K9's too, they may not have experienced what I have but from what Auntie Richelle tells me (wow she does not stop talking) they also have been through some traumatic experiences and still need the help today, be it with a small donation towards them too or even adopting one in the remembrance of my story it will help me with my rehabilitation that you not only want to help me but them too, cause it could have been any of us!
Thank you very much for all the help, I can't quite understand it all yet but Auntie Richelle says thousands of people want to come talk to me so my ears will be buzzing.
Swartland and West Coast SPCA
Tel: 022 409 2237
Cell: 083 23 53 285
Fax: 086 609 12 18
If you can still read at this point, please spread the word so that we can try and help to catch the person responsible for this.