Animal welfare society in Sierra Leone on Wednesday 11th May, 2011 mourned the demise of one of their most cherished dog commonly known as (watakay) which met its sudden demise by road accident at Congo Cross, west of Freetown.
The death of this dog came as a surprise to many who know it because it was a very brave dog that has survived many troubles through her bravery before her final death.
In one of the instances where this dog exhibited its intelligence and bravery was a year and half ago when this dog narrowly escaped from a boat and later materialized at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay where it absorbed itself into the ranks of stray dogs around the Quay .
During her stay at the port vicinity, the port management launched a campaign to eliminate all stray dogs around the port and the hunt for stray dogs was intensified to an extent that many stray dogs were either killed or injured by a task force set up at the port to eliminate stray dogs. However, this dog highly displayed intelligence after securing an injury by retreating to a remote community around the port for safety.
That was the time when the port was actually considered a dangerous zone following the ‘declaration of operation stray free’ which was aimed at eliminating all stray dogs by any means possible.
The dog was later rescued by one Mr. Carton Reel of RLM who decided to call at the animal welfare clinic to treat the dog at his personal expenses, little realizing that the clinic was the original habitat of the dog in question. The dog was re-conserved by the Animal Welfare Society until its recent demise.