The injury was one of the worst that the vet team had seen; it was difficult to stitch the many lacerations as the skin was so badly damaged.
Her mandible had been broken on impact. To make matters worse, the windshield of the car had shattered, leaving dozens of small shards embedded in the animal’s lips and jaw. Not only were these painful, but if any pieces were left behind, they could cause a terrible secondary infection. After several hours of careful treatment, Sarie was gently led to the SPANA stable where she was left in peace to recover from her ordeal. Although it would take many weeks for her to fully heal, Youness was hopeful that she would make a full recovery.
Hadi was visibly upset and didn’t leave Sarie’s side during the whole procedure. Only later did Youness realise that, despite being a diabetic, the owner had risked his own health to make sure his animal was safe. Only after the surgery was complete did he return home to take his insulin and rest.
Unfortunately, road traffic accident cases are all too common in this region of Morocco, with hundreds of similar incidents happening every year. Animals working in the evenings are particularly vulnerable to traffic accidents as drivers often don’t see them until it’s too late. To prevent future cases like this one, our team distribute thousands of reflectors for carts and head collars every year. As Hadi left the centre, he vowed to use the reflective materials when driving his cart in future.