Pit bulls bites, kill Durban man

2012-02-16 00:00

DURBAN man has .been mauled to death by an American pit bull terrier.

 

Police were unable to rescue Allan Lanton (65) when they arrived at the scene in Durban’s suburb of Sherwood this week.

Spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the dog did not respond to shots fired by a police member.

It was eventually shot dead.

The owner, Lanton’s neighbour, was at the scene, but could not stop the attack, he said.

Attempts to get further details from the deceased’s next of kin and the dog owner were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

The KwaZulu-Natal chairperson of the Pit Bull Federation of South Africa Rickert van der Westhuizen called the attack regrettable and unlike the behaviour of pitbulls.

“I don’t know about the attack, but they hardly attack humans. They do attack animals but they are awesome family dogs and they hardly show aggression,” he said.

Van der Westhuizen said there were no specific requirements to keep a pit bull, but owners need to be aware of their dogs’ movements and yards need to be secured. He added sometimes cross-breeds and not thoroughbred pit bulls were involved in attacks.

“They are very strong and athletic dogs and if they attack, chances are they will inflict some damage, but that could also apply to dogs like Rottweilers and Dobermans, which are also strong, but the perception of pit bulls being man-eaters is nonsense,” said Van der Westhuizen.

• khanyiso.tswaku@sa.24.com

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