Another hit-and-run left untreated for 2 days
Published on: Monday, November 09, 2020
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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HElping Animals Rescue Team (Heart) 

THE most at-risk kind of dogs in our country are homeless or strays that roam the city streets throughout the day in search of food, water, and shelter. These dogs, especially the ones roaming busy city streets, are always at the risk of getting seriously injured or even killed by speeding cars.

Due to the careless attitude of some drivers, puppies and even other animals like cats, birds, monitor lizards to name a few get killed on road. So they just died. They all do, one way or the other. The streets get them. The impunity gets them. And the indifference. And the injustice.

No tears shed, no sorrow and no mourning. No cases registered and no punishing of drivers who hurt and crush these voiceless animals with their speeding vehicles. It’s pathetic and heartbreaking! 

It is not just humans, but also the helpless stray animals who are increasingly falling victim to reckless driving have increased significantly in the city limits, especially during night times. From our statistics at least 60 homeless stray dogs and cats are injured in the city every month with most succumbing to their injuries. The simplest, most important, and most effective way to spare cats and dogs all this suffering is to prevent more unwanted animals from being born by making sure that animals are spayed or neutered.

On an average, about 25 homeless/stray animals injured in accidents are brought to our panel veterinary clinic for treatment every month. While some are maimed for life, most succumb to their injuries.

Last week, the Heart rescue team received a call that a dog met with an accident in the middle of the main road and its hind legs got  seriously injured. She dragged herself to safety and fend for herself for two days with no meds to alleviate it before the Heart team came to rescue her. 

The dog, who we named Juliet, wasn’t born in the streets. But after her previous owners dumped her, she lived a difficult life as a stray. She struggled to survive and almost died when she got caught in an accident. 

On receiving the call from a concerned passer-by, Heart rescue team rushed to the spot and rescued it. She was so broken and in so much pain, she was panting and crying. According to eyewitnesses, Juliet tried to Cross the street. 

Suddenly, a speeding car came and hit her. But the worst part is, the driver was aware but simply drove away from the scene without even checking the poor doggo was hurt or render assistance since it was just a dog. If you hit someone on the road and flee from the scene of the accident, you will get into trouble with the law. But what if you knock down an animal?

An unthinkable act of cruelty by the drive left this beautiful girl fighting for her life. By the time we were alerted to Juliet, she had clearly been suffering for some time. There was so much sadness in Juliet’s gentle eyes. She had a life-threatening spinal injury which was concerning, a dislocated hip, severe anaemia and blood parasites. Without urgent medical treatment, she would most probably have eventually died from internal bleeding – a gruesome way to go.

With so many people having effected since the global health crisis began, countless street animals, as well as pets, have lost their source of safety and are facing dangerous and unfamiliar situations. We are doing everything we can to keep up with the number of requests for help. 

But our resources are being stretched beyond capacity. Simply put, animals like Juliet truly need you to get through this crisis. We want to give her a chance to have a normal, healthy, happy, loved, puppy life that she’s never had.

When we touched Juliet, we felt that she was already in pain and yelping to the touch and can barely stand up. Juliet was in excruciating pain and scared that she bared her teeth when we tried to carry her to the vet clinic for treatment. 

We knew that the dog wouldn’t survive if she didn’t get any medical help. She had a broken pelvis and shattered tibia and fibula, which meant she needed surgery. She was immediately treated for her injuries and administered pain medications to help her feel at ease and comfortable. She has to undergo surgery after she stabilises and gains back her strength. 

We receive no government funding and rely on the support and kindness from our community, private donations and charity bazaar to complete our mission. Heart does not euthanise animals to make space to house others. We are a no-kill animal welfare group and work to preserve life whenever possible.

We rely on donations from people like you who are willing to spend their hard-earned money to  help animals in dire needs.

Please help raise the money needed for Juliet’s treatment and give this sweet dog a chance!  If you wish to support Juliet to help to pay for her medical treatment and her other expenses please send your money to:



Account no.

70 3762569 4

And every ringgit helps! Thank you in advance for your generous, big and small (and no donation is too small).

Thank you so much for your support and your prayers. 

Have a heart. Donate


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