Anne Johnstone, known also as Janet, dedicated her life's work to save the street animals, especially dogs, in the town of Dahab. Dahab is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Life on the streets is harsh and short, and for most dogs, and many cats in Egypt. They struggle just to find peace, food, and water. Additionally, it can be considered normal for them to suffer daily abuse, illness, torture and inhumane killing.
Ms. Johnstone created a non-profit organization whose mission is to help and protect homeless street dogs from abuse and starvation. She named it Help Dahab Dogs. The 'Help Dahab Dogs team' survive on donation provided by dog lovers and generous people with a common interest in animal welfare.
At 61-years-old Johnstone was found dead at the shelter in the Red Sea city of Dahab. Officials believe she was bitten on the face and neck by three dogs as she was attempting to feed them. Friends of the rescue believe she may have fallen unconscious as she was starting to feed the dogs and was bitten after she collapsed. A post mortem revealed she died of shock due to blood loss.
According to the translation I read on an Egyptian site called Ahram , Anne was found by workers at the shelter with lacerations to her neck while lying next to a bag of food. At least three of the hundreds of dogs she cared for had blood on their mouths, the paper said.
Just a week ago, Ms Johnstone wrote a Facebook post begging for money for dog food.
"We tried but we didn't raise enough for the food to be purchased," she wrote. "So the dogs couldn't be fed today."
Longterm friends and admins of her Facebook page "absolutely refute any suggestion that she died because of a dog attack" Ms Johnstone has been "the dogs rescuer, carer, and showed them love and kindness for many many years. We are doing everything we can to get a positive result out of such a tragedy."
Janet's Wadi - Support The Street Dogs of Dahab are asking supporters to stand by their donations and help more if possible.
"I am 100% sure that Janet would want us all to continue to care for her precious Wadi family. ❤️"
If you would like to help with any amount please send via PayPal email@example.com or for card payments go to the donate button on the website helpdahabdogs.com.
A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office told the Sun, “We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Egypt and are in contact with the Egyptian authorities.“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
A friend of Johnstone said this : "I am a friend of Janets and have helped fundraise and helped with adoptions for several years . She has been very worried about her life being in danger and the dogs lives being in danger . Myself and several friend own some of the Baladi dogs and we know that they would never attack their "mama" because they are soft and have never shown aggression to animals or other humans There is a lot more to come out about this story"