Save Lemon's Life
My dog, Lemon, was seized by the police over a month ago under the Dangerous Dog act. She was (to my knowledge) a Staffy cross.
Since being seized they've stated that she is a Type 1 dog - Pitbull mix.
She was taken after jumping up at a stranger and ripping a coat pocket. The woman was not harmed at all. Lemon is nervous of new people and should not have been where she was at the time of the incident. Unfortunately I was not with her when this happened - I received a call at work to let me know that she was seized. She barks when she's anxious but she has never ever bitten or hurt anyone. She is the most loving and affectionate dog you would ever meet. She sleeps in my bed and never leaves my side at home.
They've made assessments of her and decided that they won't support her being returned home. I have the option of going to court or them "closing the case".
Due to her being a "pitbull" they're looking to euthenise her.
They are allowing me to send her back to my home in South Africa to stay with family. Unfortunately this is going to cost quite abit. We would really appreciate if you could donate, anything at all.
She needs to have a vet checkup and all her required shots before travelling. I'll also need to pay for boarding between being released from the police and her flight date. I've contacted multiple organisations regarding pet travel and waiting to hear back as to how soon she would be able to go. Once in SA she would need another assessment by a vet and to be spayed.
I miss her terribly. She completely changed my life and helped me grow as a person. Since she's been gone I wake up every morning feeling like someone's standing on my chest. I've had her since she was a little furbean. We've grown together. She's incredibly smart and well trained but because of her breed and her overprotective nature, they have classed her as aggressive.
I know I wouldn't get to see her for a long time but I'd rather her be in South Africa than put down and never see her again.
So, again, if you could help out with anything at all, even advice on exporting dogs, we would be so grateful.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story
The whole ordeal was extremely stressful and I don't think I would have made it out the other end with my sanity intact if not for the support of the absolutely amazing people in my life (and some strangers!!) A special special thank you to Paige-Leah Allida Aletta Calleja and Patsy Calleja for heading the front lines and pouring all of their energy and compassion into saving my fruit. I love you guys with all my heart.
A separate shout out to the Dog Legislation Officer (Colin Richardson) that assisted me in retrieving the correct permissions to allow Lemon to be deported and not terminated.
She is slowly settling in...she has gone through so much. But still her tail wags. She's being very well looked after and has a best friend to annoy the hell out of 24/7.
Again, thank you all so much!
Up at 5am to get to Brighton.
She has an appointment at the vet to get her tests done. Hopefully things will progress quickly and we can get her on the plane!!
Will keep everyone posted xx
I'm trying to find a way to cut it down. If there isn't any other option I'll have things booked within the next two days. Will let you know when I am able to see her. Missing her so much :(