Dolly steps out on a prosthetic leg
CAPE TOWN – Dolly the sheep has a new life and is adjusting to her new prosthetic leg at the Fallen Angels Pet Rescue farm in Melkbosstrand.
The organization was formed in 2014 after the purchase of farmland in the area, and is now a full-fledged rescue organization with around 200 dogs and a few farm animals.
Fallen Angels Pet Rescue farm owner Gayle Basson took Dolly last year on a trip to Sutherland.
“A farmer told us about a sheep and her foot got caught in a snare when she was only a few days old. She was rushed to a vet and they had to amputate her lower leg, ”Basson said.
The farmer and his wife suckled the lamb and asked the organization if they could accommodate her as Dolly could not be returned with the flock.
The farmers also paired her with a companion lamb, named Angel, which the organization also took with them.
“A few months ago we saw her as she walked on her stump, she felt pressure on her shoulder and spine,” Basson said, adding that Dolly was about a year old now and was over. heavy.
“We put out an appeal on Facebook, asking if anyone can help, and a few people came back to us. A company from Sunset Beach offered to help us and we were very excited.
Eugene Rossouw, a local prosthetist, rose to the challenge and soon Dolly had a cast done and a fitting done.
Minor adjustments were made and on Friday Dolly got her final step.
“She’s still a little wobbly on her leg but you can see she’s doing great. She handled the process so well, and she is used to visitors, she loves the attention,
“We put his leg on in the morning and take it out at night,” Basson said, adding that his mate Angel was always by his side.
She said the response to Dolly’s story has been overwhelming and her life has been changed forever thanks to a generous donation.
To donate to Dolly’s care along with the other animals in Fallen Angels Pet Rescue, visit: https://www.fallenangels.org.za/support-us