Swansea’s popular cafe bar pet dog is ‘stabbed’


A dog who is a popular fixture in a Swansea town center cafe bar has returned with a deep doe ‘stab’ after being walked by a volunteer.

Copper, a one-year-old Hungarian Vizsla, is popular with customers visiting the Copr Bar in Castle Street, and many come especially to see him.

On the afternoon of Saturday March 12, after noticing Copper making signals that he needed to go to the bathroom, his landlord and bar owner Lee West was about to take him for a walk down the block. houses.

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But since he was busy at the time, someone volunteered to take Copper for a short walk, which he agreed to. However, after about 40 minutes, the volunteer had still not returned with Copper, which seriously worried Mr West.

“I started to get extremely worried. I got out in the van to search and post on Facebook. He was spotted near The Secret so I spoke to Ryan (Hole, owner) who I know. He was also spotted at The Kingsway and someone messaged me to say he had spoken to the person who took Copper for a walk and was on his way home.” -he declares.

The volunteer returned hours after initially taking him, and Copper ran straight to the cafe office, said Mr West, who added: ‘He was shaking under the table, so I turned on the heater for him , but it wasn’t until I pulled him out and he turned around that I saw a wound on his paw. I was distraught. There was also a sense of guilt at the thought of it. to let him go.

“We still don’t know exactly what happened to him. The injury has increased so it’s not like he went into a razor wire so it’s a potential puncture, stab wound or a cut.”



Copper came back with a deep stab to the posterior



He had to be rushed to the vet for treatment.

The copper was rushed to vets in Llansamlet, and they could not determine the exact cause of the injury. “They saw him and said he had obviously been sliced ​​by something. It doesn’t look like a dog bite, it was too clean in a straight line. They sedated him, gave him methadone and sewed him up He was fine I took him back to the Copr Bar the next day – he was fine, he was mobile, he was not grimacing or in pain.

“I wanted him to be around people to see how he reacted, I wanted him to get used to people coming in and making a fuss with him and being nice to him again. He almost went back to his normal condition. He takes medication Every now and then he goes back to the vet to get his stitches removed.”



Copper, pictured here in 2021 with his owner Lee West, who said he was ‘distraught’ when he discovered the injuries



Copper is a popular element of the Copr Bar, and people often come to see it, especially after seeing it sitting in the window.

Mr West said he received incredible support from the community after what happened was shared on social media, with a friend of his starting a GoFundMe page to pay for Copper’s vet bills . Money raised from the fundraiser currently stands at over £1,700.

“It’s fantastic, it’s incredible support,” Mr West said. “Within an hour it was close to a grand or something. Some people were donating £200 at a time.”

Police have been contacted over the incident, but Mr West has instead been told to report the matter to the RSPCA, which he is in the process of doing. He added that he was also gathering CCTV footage from various locations where Copper and the volunteer dog walker had been spotted.

“I’m just glad to have him back. He’s on the mend,” Mr West said. “He’s a superstar. People just come to see him, especially when he’s sitting in the window. Everyone loves him.”

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