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Three-legged Pretoria rescue dog undergoes therapy – Rekord Moot

A three-legged dog, recently taken in by the SPCA, started with evaluation and therapy this week.

Leo, who is staying at the SPCA Tshwane’s Waltloo branch, started his therapy at Paws -itive Paws-abilities in Clubview, Centurion, on Thursday.

He will remain at PAWS for the rest of his therapy sessions.

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Elsa Daniels, SPCA Tshwane spokesperson, said PAWS was doing the therapy sessions free of charge.

The therapy involved, among other things, teaching Leo to cope without his right hind leg.

Leo with Heather Whitfield. Photo: Bennitt Bartl

“The therapy will help to greatly improve his balance and coordination,” Daniels said.

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The therapy was done by Heather Whitfield.

Leo was spotted around Erasmia by a passer-by in October, dragging his right hind leg, which was attached only by some skin.

They immediately contacted the SPCA.

Leo with Heather Whitfield. Photo: Bennitt Bartl

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SPCA Tshwane Inspector, Diale Ratsela, was tasked with collecting the dog.

He found the bewildered dog, but after various attempts, could not catch him.

A much bigger effort was needed, with more staff required to go back to the scene, to assist him.

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“Late that afternoon, a passer-by, Leon Fourie, was on his way to his flat when he saw the dog in the street. He said the dog looked lost and bewildered and was probably a stray,” Daniels previously said.

Fourie rides a motorcycle so could therefore not take the dog with him but immediately put plans in place to rescue him, she said.

News of the injured dog soon spread like wildfire, with more rescue organisations coming on board.

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One helper was Celia van Zyl.

About 17:00 a call confirmed that Leo had been seen again, but without the dangling, painful lower limb.

“A final attempt late on Friday afternoon, brought the dog safely to the Tshwane SPCA (Waltloo Branch),” said Van Zyl.

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Daniels said the dog received immediate medical attention.

Leo is named after the man who went to a lot of trouble to assist him, Leon Fourie.

“It was decided that it would be best to amputate Leo’s leg as it was badly injured,” said Dr Marianna Berg, a veterinarian at the Waltloo branch of the Tshwane SPCA.

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