A case of negligence has been opened under the SPCA after a four-year-old boy was viciously attacked by a stray dog in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Wednesday.
Police spokesperson Captain Riana van Aarde said the boy was apparently walking with two other children when the dog charged at them, Rekord North reported.
The boy fell to the ground and before he could get up, the dog had bitten his hand, neck and grabbed his leg.
Hearing the boy screaming, the neighbours came out and pelted the dog with stones.
Police were alerted and when they arrived at the scene, they found the young boy in pain and bleeding. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police, accompanied by the SPCA, then went to the dog owner’s house and found another neglected and ill dog in the yard.
The SPCA decided to confiscate the animal. SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou said the child’s hand, leg and neck were injured by the attacking dog.
“The boy sustained serious injuries. He is still shocked. His family says he sees the dog in his sleep,” said Matlou.
He said the SPCA went with the police to the dog owner’s home and found that there was no proper fencing.
“The confiscated dog was taken to the SPCA doctor for treatment. It was too ill and weak. The doctor recommended that it be put down.”
“The owner will be charged with negligence because his yard is not properly fenced and the dog is always roaming around the streets,” he said.
– Caxton News Service