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Licia's lucky to be alive
TWO-year-old dog Licia is
lucky to be alive after she sur-
vived a bullet to the head and
The red kelpie was found dis-
orientated and wounded by a
passer-by on the Thiele Highway
near Kapunda late last month and
was taken to Megan Godfrey, who
owns the Hope for Life Animal
Rescue shelter in Kapunda.
Ms Godfrey rushed Licia to the
Roseworthy vet, where she was
found to have metal fragments in
her jaw and sinuses.
A few days later, it was con-
firmed that she had been shot af-
ter a pellet was removed from her
head, completely appalling Ms
"I was horrified, I really was,"
Ms Godfrey said.
"There was an obvious wound
to the head that we could see and
she was really skinny, but, apart
from that, she was really healthy.
"It's just horrible that some-
one would have done this and
the worst thing is that it could be
someone from my community."
There is no indication of who
Licia belonged to or how long she
had been on the roadside, but Ms
Godfrey has decided to take care
of the dog into the future.
Currently, Licia is in good spir-
its and is expected to make a full
recovery, but she still needs to un-
dergo several more operations be-
fore that can happen.
"I can't let her go, she's such a
beautiful girl," Ms Godfrey said.
"She's quite cuddly, but she's
still a little bit scared and slowly
gaining our trust.
"She's walking around fine, it's
just her head that we are worried
The metal fragments have been
removed from Licia's jaw, which
cost Ms Godfrey about $400,
however removing the fragments
in her sinuses will be more diffi-
cult and the process is expected to
cost around $2000.
It is a cost Ms Godfrey said she
cannot afford on her own and she
is hoping to raise money for the
"If anyone wants to meet her,
they are more than welcome to,"
Ms Godfrey said.
"I want to bring her down to
Gawler and, hopefully, do some-
"If I was told she had no chance
of survival I would have put her
down, but she is expected to live a
happy and healthy life, so she re-
ally deserves a second chance."
The x-ray of Licia's skull showing the
metal fragments from the gun shot.
A FRIENDLY, yet homeless, pea-
cock has made itself at home between
numerous residential properties on
Quarton Street in Gawler East.
The colourful male bird has been settled
in the area for about three weeks and its
extended presence is beginning to further
They are unsure as to where it has come
from, but are certain it belongs to someone
due to its friendly nature.
One of the properties the peacock has spent several days living on is Graeme
Tucker's, but he has also seen it perched on
"A dog across the road came out one day
and the bird almost got up over the trees,"
Mr Tucker said.
"So it can fly and often takes refuge on
The peacock is yet to cause any serious
damage in the area, but it has started to
make a small amount of noise, irritating
Mr Tucker said he was hopeful the resi-
dents would be able to locate the peacock's
owner or have the bird relocated soon.
"It's probably not the best for it to be in
suburbia," Mr Tucker said.
"We want to get him into a proper home,
so he doesn't get run over.
"He also needs to be on a proper diet and
I'm starting to run out of Weet-Bix.
"You just want what's best for the ani-
-- Amelia Dawkins
The lost peacock that has settled between a
number of houses on Quarton Street, Gawler
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
Wandering peacock needs home
"A dog across the road came
out one day and the bird almost got
up over the trees.
Licia is on the road to recovery after
she was shot in the head and left to
die on the side of the Thiele Highway.
Godfrey with red
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