Beloved Old Pet Dog Missing with Stolen Car

chichiKnight Force recently issued a warning about an increase in vehicle theft in the Howick and Merrivale areas.   Howick school teacher Bev Macadam can vouch for that but with a bitter twist.   Bev had recently returned from an overseas trip and was delighted that her aged pets were well and very happy to see her back.   The other animals could celebrate Bev’s return with a game, a walk or a wander around the garden but Bev felt that eighteen year old Chihuahua, Chichi, would really love a trip to the supermarket as her special treat.   Bev parked her 1985 Honda Ballard at Fairways and popped into the supermarket for ten minutes.   When she came out she was horrified to find her car had vanished, with little Chichi on the back seat.     Late into that Friday evening friends drove Bev all around Howick looking, not for the car, but for the little dog.   She started again first thing on Saturday, including a visit to the uMngeni SPCA with a picture of Chichi which was immediately put up on the board.   Bev was absolutely distraught and she described how the little dog was deaf, blind, practically toothless and was on heart medication.   What would become of her – she was utterly helpless?   Everyone she spoke to was very sympathetic but secretly held out virtually no hope of ever finding Chichi alive – or dead.

Earlier that Saturday morning one of the SPCA Field Officers was sent out to collect some dogs as well as a stray from Umgeni Vets in Hilton.   When he returned with the dogs Kennel Manager, Jean Faulds, who had just seen Chichi’s picture, took one look at the little one and shrieked with excitement.   The phone was ringing as Bev got home, “Come back, we’ve got your dog!”    Five minutes later at the SPCA tears of anguish changed to tears of joy as Bev hugged Chichi close.
Hilton resident, Jenny Brann, had spotted the little dog making her uncertain way along Vlei Road early on Saturday morning.   When she saw her again on her return trip she knew something was definitely wrong and stopped to pick her up.   She could tell immediately that the little dog was blind and after giving her a drink she took her to Dr Lee Pachonic’s surgery hoping she might be able to identify her.   The vet didn’t recognise the dog but immediately rang the SPCA and asked for someone to come and collect her.

Against all odds Bev got her precious pet back.  Could those car thieves have felt some compassion for the little dog in the back?   Did they slow down or stop the car and gently push her out?   She was not injured.   How did she escape being run over by a vehicle at some time during Friday night and early Saturday morning?   What incredible luck!  Some, including Bev, would call it a miracle.

With that warm glow in your heart do make a note to join us for a special Valentines Tea on Saturday 12th February between 9 and 12 at the SPCA Centre, 39 Main St, Howick.

Heather Somerville, PRO, uMngeni SPCA

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Njabula HlongwaneNjabula is a Receptionist and a Trainee Inspector. He helps out at the front desk with general office work and assists Jean and Linda when needed. He has been with the uMngeni SPCA for 18 months and is our friendly man who always has a smile on his face when you meet him.

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