Relieved that her pet pit bull, Rocky, has been saved from the clutches of a suspected dogfighting syndicate, Phoenix woman Jayshree Moodley is on another mission – to ensure other “captured” dogs are released.
Speaking to POST a few days after her three-year-old dog was found in KwaMashu after he had been stolen from her yard, Moodley said she did not want any other pet owner to go through similar anguish.
Moodley had offered a R2 000 reward for Rocky’s return. He was snatched from her fenced property in Stonebridge, Phoenix.
Four teenagers were captured on CCTV stealing the dog.
Last Tuesday night, one of Moodley’s co-workers told her her daughter had seen the dog in KwaMashu’s F Section.
“I didn’t think it was Rocky at first until they sent me a photograph. I immediately told my husband and he, together with Mark from Animal Rescue, went to KwaMashu and found Rocky chained.”
“He was hurt. My husband confronted the man who had Rocky and he said he had taken the dog from four boys.”
He denied any involvement in dogfighting.
Moodley said in addition, Rocky did not have any water or food and was in tremendous pain.
“My husband took him directly to the vet and Rocky has been very withdrawn.”
“It seems he was part of a dogfight a few days earlier. On Wednesday he began warming up and was excited to see us.”
“He is still going to have X-rays done to his legs but I am hoping he makes a full recovery.”
Meanwhile, NPO Pawfect Nation founder Jessica Singh is hoping to establish a sanctuary for the victims of dogfighting as well as abused stray animals.
Singh said dogfighting had increased by 500% in the past four years, with young boys being hired as “runners” to steal animals, either as fighting dogs or as “bait” to be used to get the fighting dogs worked up.
“The problem is that once these animals are rescued, if at all, there is nowhere for them to go,” she said.