Vilakazi’s hounds raise terror in Hilton

2010-11-01 00:00

FORMER uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi is in the dogbox.

This comes after two of his dogs, a large boxer/mastiff cross and a mixed rottweiler, attacked a dog belonging to his neighbour, which died from its injuries on Thursday.

Lesley Marchant of Hilton was taking her small dachsund for a walk before it was mauled.

She said Vilakazi’s two dogs were roaming in the plantations near the bottom of Hillary Road — without supervision — when they bit her small dachsund without provocation and ran off.

“When I found them they were outside the gate of their house and were showing aggressive tendencies again until one of the house occupants came outside,” she said.

She took her dog to the vet for treatment, but the pet eventually died from its injuries.

“She was such an inoffensive little thing and did not deserve this. Having to bury that mauled little body is one of the saddest things I have had to do in a long time,” she said.

Attempts to open a case at the police station proved fruitless and Marchant went to Vilikazi’s home “a couple of times”, but he was not there.

She said Vilakazi’s wife and son apologised for the incident and said they have battled to keep their dogs in the yard.

“These two dogs apparently have a history of doing this and neighbours tell me they are often in the streets and causing trouble,” she said.

Marchant said she expects Vilakazi to foot the vet bill and she will place the account into his postbox.

“I just worry that one day there will be an even more serious attack, possibly even on a child or adult,” she said.

The vet who treated Marchant’s dog asked to remain anonymous for professional reasons, but confirmed the incident and said it was not an isolated one.

Contacted for comment, Vilakazi said he had yet to be approached regarding the incident, but acknowledged that his wife had mentioned that a neighbour came over to complain about the dogs.

He said his dogs are kept in the yard, but do “go out on some occasions” and he could only really comment after speaking to his wife as he is usually not at home during the day.

Asked whether he would be prepared to foot the vet’s bill, Vilakazi said: “That’s between me and my neighbours.”

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