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Heroic Woman Saves Dog from Machete Attack

Heroic Woman Saves Dog from Machete Attack

Editor’s Note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on December 4, 2012. Enjoy!

By Marianne Willemse of Love Animal House, Thailand

One bright sunny morning as I slowed down around the bend on a small road in my neighborhood, I got the fright of my life. At the corner of my eye I’d glanced down the slope towards the ditch when I saw a man with a machete kneeling over a big white dog. I slammed on the brakes and was out of the car at the speed of light.

As I ran down the slope, the man, yet unaware of my presence, swung the big blade down on the unsuspecting dog who was just lying there not knowing its fate was to be his dinner.

“Stop, stop!” I yelled.

The dog turned its face abruptly towards me and the knife hit the side of the throat and shoulder. Blood squirted out everywhere. I screamed, the man fell backwards as the yelping dog jumped up. The man ran away. The dog’s head was dangling to one side, it lost its balance and collapsed just as I got to it.

Although she was quite heavy and by now dead weight, I was able to lift her up and attempted to close the huge gap and massive blood flow. I placed the wound against my chest and rested her head on my shoulder. I can’t remember how I got up the slope, but once at the car I couldn’t put her down. She was stuck to me.

I had to push the car seat back as far as it would go and drive with her on my lap. She didn’t struggle, just hung in there, weakened by blood loss and probably shock. I had to hold her wobbly head down with my chin, trying to change gears and steer with my eyes and mouth full of blood. I thought I was going to loose her, the bleeding just wouldn’t stop, running down my legs.

Luckily the vet was only two kilometers away. Unable to slow down to change gears, I honked and drove through a red light. Arriving at the vet clinic, I was shaking too much to get out of the car. The shocked vet came running out.

It Was Not Too Late to Save Him

“Quick, quick,” I cried, “anesthesia!”

A moment later he came out with a syringe and jabbed her in the backside. I remained in the car for 5 minutes till she passed out.

The wound took 78 stitches. She was in intensive care for five days.

What a sight I was when I left the clinic. Even my hair was stiff with blood. I now know the meaning of a blood bath. I had to throw all my clothes away, even my underwear was soaked with blood. But it was worth it!

When I brought her back to the sanctuary, I called her Boonlawd; it means ‘back from the dead’ in Thai.  Below are a few of the many animals here who were also rescued from situations similar to Boonlawd’s.

Now He Saves Other Dogs

Boonlawd has become our mascot against the dog meat trade. She has collected signatures for our petition to get cats and dogs off the menu. In fact, the Thai government finally passed the animal rights bill two months ago, so at last we can convict animal abusers, but they have been very quiet about it, probably worried that once they announce it publicly, they will be overwhelmed with cases. In the meantime, it’s up to people like me to take charge.

Boonlawd is one of my most dramatic rescues, but there’s always another case. In fact, another blind dog arrived today. Our sanctuary is home to animals of every kind, many of whom I rescued from the cooking pot.  Though I funded the sanctuary for many years on my own, the money has now run out. I am truly grateful for all who reach out to keep us afloat through the Harmony Fund.

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7:52AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕

GREAT ARTICLE!!! Thanks again!

10:07AM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Thanks a very interesting article ..good

6:44AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

What a horrific scene this must have been to come across this dog. Thank you for the rescue and may Boonlawd be living a safe and happy life at this point.

9:44AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

Nice to know I'm not the only person who would do this to save an animal!!! Thank you for saving this precious life, and so many others!!!

10:18AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Heroic act. Did the man go hungry.

12:45AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Marianne, thank you so much for saving poor little Boonlawd, and all the others!

I am glad Harmony Fund is helping your sanctuary. I donate to them a few times a year.

12:37PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Another angel in action!

7:15PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

How can anyone do this to a fog or any other animal? This story made me sick to the stomach. I just wish someone had been there to give this man a little of his own medicine. Thank you so much for saving this poor dog. You are truly an angel.

9:43AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

True hero. Thank you for this rescue.

9:01PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

That idiot should have been hit with the machete himself !!!!!!.

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