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Hello, my name is Scruffy!


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Male (Small). Terrier. Under-1 - DOB: 2014.

Shelter: Barking Mad Network (Western-Cape)
Tel: 023 347 1049

Meet Scruffy, the humble little dog with the unpretentious name.

To anyone who doesn’t know better, Scruffy looks like a normal, cute little pooch, but if you look closer, you can tell that there is more to this little guy than meets the eye. And we want his story to be known.

Scruffy came into the Animal Welfare to be dipped, but we immediately sensed that all was not right. He had both scars and open wounds. It was obvious that this little dog was not properly cared for and we were not going to let it go. After help from the police we finally got Scruffy confiscated. Closer inspection showed that there was clearly something very wrong and this little guy needed help.

Tragically, it turns out that those wounds were bite marks and Scruffy was used as a bait dog for illegal pit dogfights.

” “Bait” animals are animals used to test a dog’s fighting instinct; they are often mauled or killed in the process. Many of the training methods involve torturing and killing of other animals. Often “bait” animals are stolen pets, puppies, kittens, rabbits, small dogs and even stock (pit bulls acquired by the dog fighting ring which appear to be passive or less dominant). Other sources for bait animals include wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or animals obtained from “free to good home” ads. The snouts of bait animals are often wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from fighting back and they are used in training sessions to improve a dog’s endurance, strength or fighting ability.”

This is why we ask people to PLEASE keep a close eye on their pets! If your little dog has a habit of escaping (even if he ‘always’ stays close to home) secure your fence! Do NOT give puppies, kittens, dogs or cats away for free. Dog fighting is a very scary and very real thing here in Worcester!

After Scruffy went to the vet we were told that they found over 170 bite wounds on him… They stopped counting. Thank you to Dr. Ilse Wolfaardt and her amazing team.

Scruffy has now been to the groomers (a thousand thanks to Betsie de Wet) and he is making an incredible recovery. He is our little local celebrity and is always happy to help when we have visitors! He just loves making new friends!

Our last wish for Scruffy is for him to go to a good, loving home. To us, this is what makes life all worth while, seeing them come in with no hope, and watching them leave with a bright future. Scruffy has a lot of energy, so will enjoy exercise, but he also has a lazy side and can fall asleep with his head on your lap. He is incredibly soft natured and he gets along well with other dogs, but he cannot stand a Pit Bull… He instantly expects to be attacked and defend himself. We estimate Scruffy to be around two years old.

Adoption fee: R850 includes 1st injections, de-worming, an IdentiPet microchip and castration.

Please phone us on 023 347 1049 if you are interested in adopting Scruffy.