Husky rescued from disused Boksburg mine shaft
A Husky was rescued from a disused mine shaft in Boksburg on Sunday, 5 September 2021 by the Ekurhuleni K9 Search and Rescue unit, SAPS K9 unit, SARZA, formerly known as the Off Road Rescue Unit (ORRU) and Boksburg SPCA, amongst others. The rescue mission started at 16h30 until 21h00. Vicky Finnemore, manager and senior inspector at Boksburg SPCA and Inspector Neo Mmoya sent us the following report. “On Sunday afternoon, Boksburg SPCA were informed by two gentleman living in the Blue Sky Informal Settlement and came to the SPCA that there was a dog howling and crying in a hole near the Blue Sky Informal Settlement. A driver from the Boksburg SPCA was sent out to try and rescue the dog. Upon arrival, he saw that the hole was 15 to 20 metres deep and he was not able to reach the dog. The on duty Inspector Neo Mmoya was informed had to contact members of the SARZA Search and Rescue Team and Ekurhuleni and SAPS K9 units to assist us.”
“In no time at all 12 to 15 vehicles and members from Afriforum CPF in Germiston, Ekurhuleni K9 Search and Rescue SAPS Unit, members from the AAA Armed Response Unit and members from were on the scene to assist Boksburg SPCA.
The Search and Rescue team first assessed the mineshaft and the area and ground around it. They then drove their vehicle closer to the hole so that they could set up the winch to lower down and pull up the members from the hole.
When all was secure and the safety of personnel assured, a member from the Ekurhuleni K9 Search and Rescue unit, Warrant Officer Martin Bann, was harnessed and he went down into the mineshaft to try and rescue the dog. Due to the dog being scared, it became apparent that an additional person needed to be winched down to assist with putting a muzzle and harness on the animal, before they could begin pulling the dog up to safety.
Nadia Hansa from SARZA did not hesitate, she was soon harnessed and winched down the mineshaft to assist. They successfully muzzled and harnessed the dog and it was pulled up alongside the K9 SAPS Official WO Bann.
Once the dog was pulled up safely, Boksburg SPCA Inspector Neo Mmoya then transported her to safety at the SPCA. The dog appears to be healthy with no injuries from her ordeal.
It was a bit challenging for the Rescue team going down the mineshaft because the ground was not stable and there was a possibility of the ground collapsing. Trying to calm the dog was also challenging as she was restless and terrified with what was going on around her.
The rescue mission started at 16h30 and was successfully completed at approximately 21h00! Boksburg SPCA are thankful to report there were no injuries or damage during the rescue mission.
It was a challenging rescue as the ground around these unused mineshafts can be very unstable and there is always a possibility of the ground collapsing. Trying to calm the dog was also challenging as she was restless and terrified with what was going on around her.
Boksburg SPCA are so grateful for the fabulous support and assistance received from the various response teams and security companies who did not hesitate to respond to our call for help or to assist an animal in need! TRUE HEROES!
Source: Boksburg SPCA