18 dogs put down after toddler mauled

2011-06-29 22:17

Cape Town - Eighteen dogs were put down by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on Tuesday, following the death on a 3-year-old boy in Sweet Home Farm informal settlement near Nyanga.

The SPCA managed to persuade angry residents to surrender their dogs to the organisation instead of killing the animals themselves.

So far 57 dogs have been admitted to the group’s mobile units.

Unfortunately, it was too late for three little puppies, whose owners put them on a railway line. The SPCA managed to save two others. 

“Those dogs that were put down yesterday [on Tuesday] were not the ones involved in the attack, these are dogs that were surrendered by their owners who requested that they be put down,” said Lamees Martin from the SPCA.

“The community is outraged by what happened and many people have come forward to give up their dogs.”

“The residents were all shouting ‘no dogs’  and some [were] holding up placards that read ‘no more dogs in Sweet Home Farm’,” said Martin.

It is alleged that seven dogs killed the little boy. The dogs all belonged to one man, who was not present at the time of the incident. The dogs were apparently chased out of the area by angry residents.

The SPCA has reportedly been scouring the area since the incident occurred and is trying to locate the dogs. They have only managed to capture one of the dogs involved.

Allan Perrins, CEO of the SPCA in Cape Town, said that dogs in informal settlements lack love and affection from humans around them.

“Many township dogs lack affection and often there is no mutual respect, forcing them to lead a feral existence. This is when their instincts as a predator manifest itself. Unsupervised children are most vulnerable and prone to being attacked due to their naivety and inquisitiveness,” said Perrins.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut stated that an inquest docket was opened and the case is being investigated.

  • CamsComment - 2011-06-29 22:52

    Good - they should put all these stray dogs and cats out of their misery.

      Remo - 2011-06-29 23:07

      These weren't stray dogs or cats, these were animals that the idiots in the informal settlement (squatter camp) couldn't look after. The owners should be put down for putting the animal through misery. The fault here lies squarely on the owners. I can guarantee you that if one of them had a child that murdered a dog the stupid squatters at Sweet Home Farm wouldn't give a rats behind about it. Ive seen the way people in "informal settlements" treat their dogs and they shouldn't own a dog never mind raise a freaking child.

      Werner - 2011-06-29 23:34

      Judging from the tone of your comment, I guess you could also use some misery relief ;-)

      Seth - 2011-06-29 23:51

      Dogs yes but cats no. Informal settlements usually have rat infestations and cats help in this regard also they generally only attack each other. The SPCA should make rounds at other settlements and kill all dogs that are running around unattended promptly.

      Azazel - 2011-06-30 02:13

      Plenty of people that deserve the same.....idiot owners should be put down, not the animals fault!

      LLEWELLYN - 2011-06-30 07:19

      the owners should be put down! if you cannot take care of an animal then you should not have one. don't blame the dogs blame the owners.

      CamsComment - 2011-06-30 08:44

      Ok people - back to reality! You can't put the owners of animals down. I believe that every stay dog/cat should be put down - if its in the townships or suburbs. Seriously - what are the animal activists thinking of on here - these animals have no life - they are abused and starving, usually flea and tick infested. I say - take them out and try to prevent an incident like this again.

      CamsComment - 2011-06-30 08:46

      And I mean take out the animals, not the people.

      Kpt_Keyboard - 2011-06-30 09:40

      What i dont understand is that dogs arent aggresive by nature, so what does these people do to the dogs for them to react in this way?

      Niki - 2011-06-30 10:45

      Ok, firstly, by stating "Good" you are agreeing that it is okay that these animals were hurt / killed in a barbaric way (Unfortunately, it was too late for three little puppies, whose owners put them on a railway line.). And in the end it doesn't solve the problem. In a few months time someone brings home a cute fluffy puppy or kitten and the cycle is repeated… These people should rather be charged for animal abuse or neglect. They should be held accountable for the problem!

      Dee - 2011-06-30 13:36

      Its not what you say is how you say it

  • HCrouse - 2011-06-29 23:02

    Good thing. People who don't have respect for animals shouldn't be allowed to have them. In this case the knee-jerk response from the community lead to some good. But chances are they'll forget all about it in a couple of months and tolerate feral carnivores all around them yet again. All roaming pets should be exterminated. Pity we don't see them as food.

      Meyer - 2011-06-30 02:51

      I have read all your ignorant comments HCrouse and I think this world would be a much better place if "animal lovers" such as yourself rather be put down. Thank God I wasn't your cat or dog. Please go get a life and stop spreading your pet hate on this forum. And lastly most pet lovers are animal lovers Neanderthal.

      CamsComment - 2011-06-30 08:48

      @ Meyer - I agree with you - Pets have owners, but I also agree with HCrouse, stray animals should be exterminated (They are not pets)

      siren703 - 2011-06-30 09:07

      in the same breath all stray people ie beggars, homeless people, street children, should be "eterminated" too!

      avril.beeton - 2011-06-30 10:35

      Are you perhaps Chinese?

      Gorilla - 2011-06-30 10:54

      Meyer - you are letting emotion get in the way of common sense. HCrouse is 100% correct.

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-30 11:15

      mmmm, maltese poodle steak

  • gregsomeone - 2011-06-29 23:14

    It just goes to show how naive people can be with regard to dogs. There is not a dog around, raised in a loving and caring environment, that would attack a small child. I rescued a mixed-breed dog from a township, he is now the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever known. Gladly allows children to pull and tug him, and knows when to defend or protect me. Just killing all of the dogs would be such a naive method to solve the problem... Sure, it would be a temporary solution - but how long until more packs of mixed-breeds make their way back into the areas? How about educating people about dogs, providing the infrastructure to allow the dogs to be confined when they are left alone, and try find some way to CONTROL the breeding, instead of just killing them? It is just such a sad day when I walk with my cute little collie-cross dog, who is so shy around new people and scared of anything fast or loud, and grown men will literally scream when he runs up to smell them - thinking he is coming to bite them. Small children cross the street in busy traffic to avoid being on the same pavement as my dog. It is the smallest minority of dogs that are ever aggressive or malicious, and even these must have some reason for the way they are...

      liesl - 2011-06-29 23:43

      Agreed. So sad that animals are suffering because of humanity's irresponsibility.

      HCrouse - 2011-06-29 23:51

      Ja, that's ideal Greg, but just ain't gonna happen. What happened to pet licensing anyway? Why did that stop? I remember having to pay for our cat and dog every year. Anyway, they're a blight on the planet. I'm an animal lover, not a pet lover. You can't be both. The whole industry needs to be tightened up. Want dogs? Prove you can take care of them. Cats must just be shot on sight. Don't know the SA figures, but 2 million birds get killed by housecats in the UK every year.

      HCrouse - 2011-06-30 00:04

      My mistake. 100 Million. That's 100 000 000 wild creatures killed by domestic cats in the UK alone.

      Azazel - 2011-06-30 02:15

      Have u seen what they do to human beings and you want to teach them to respect animals??

      Susannomore - 2011-06-30 07:00

      This is so true. It is heart-breaking to see these dogs that WE have invited into OUR homes treated the way they are. And when they "turn" it is never us that get the blame. I never buy dogs or cats from breeders or pet shops. For the past 20 years, all of my animals have been resuced from SPCA's and shelters and I don't regret a day of it. In no time, animals that ran hiding or beared it's teeth in fear become the most loyal, loveable beings you could hope for.

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 07:01

      There you have it HCrouse - your diagnosis for nada! May your hands turn to fish-hooks, and your privates itch constantly........... 1. Troll - One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument 2. Trolling - Being a P&ICK on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remark(s) on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can.

      Niki - 2011-06-30 10:52

      HCrouse ~ You only reiterate the point that many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them...

  • Banned - 2011-06-29 23:16

    When an pet goes postal its always the owners responsibility....

      HCrouse - 2011-06-29 23:55

      Yes, so? Kill the owner?

      Banned - 2011-06-30 01:22

      Where in the report did you see the owner being held responsible. If you give your car to your 14 year old and he kills someone, you charge the owner. If you shoot someone by mistake you are charged with manslaughter, if you drive someone over while drunk its manslaughter...I can't see why the owner shouldn't be charged

      Susannomore - 2011-06-30 07:02

      @HCrouse - that statement has no bearing. Teach people to be responsible pet owners by fining/sentencing when an incident such as this occurs.

      Ondier - 2011-06-30 09:51

      I cant fully agree here. My dogs always stay inside the yard even if I open the gate to park my car. yet there are kids playing in the street that just loves to throw stones at the dogs now and then. obviously the dog will get aggrevated. its just a dog afterall. so the oneday I had to open the gate (comming from work), and when I got back into my car to park it, one of the dogs slipped out, ran passed all the people and children and cats and leaves in the street and bit the child who threw it with stones. now was I the guilty party, was my dog the guilty party? My dog is pretty well trained and loves children, never bit any of my nephews or nieces, and they can get quite a handfull but before this incident, on one occasion, I think it killed a leave once.

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-30 11:16

      Your dog is hellspawn waiting to happen, rather put it down now

      Ondier - 2011-06-30 15:26

      @Daemos1- Dont let that worry you mate, the dog appoligised and we had a funeral for the leave... (the dog even dug the whole himself)

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-06-30 15:56

      @Daemos- Your comments are pointless and lack humour ( maltese poodle steak)." Retard.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-06-30 01:50

    They cannot look after themselves, but they have dogs??? There will NEVER be any logic there......Eish! PUT THEM DOWN!!!!!

  • Tony - 2011-06-30 05:24

    Well said Remo,agreed

  • Samantha - 2011-06-30 05:46

    Dogs are who they are because of the way HUMANS treat them, those people in that squatter camp are incapable of treating dogs with any respect, the dogs are not the problem the stupidity of the human race is and as usual the dogs pay for human incompetence.

  • Tazi10 - 2011-06-30 07:11

    Its not the dog's fault. If the dogs were given the correct attention and love then this would not have happened. if you cant look after your dog, dont have a dog!!!!

      Pickle - 2011-06-30 09:51

      And the same can be said for having kids...

  • The Observer - 2011-06-30 07:13

    How typical. If the owner of the dog was white , it would have been his fault and he would have been taken to court (like that lady who incited the dogs got bitten and is now claiming damages) but if it is their own dog it is the dog’s fault.

  • Jay - 2011-06-30 07:35

    Those living in informal settlements have proven that they are more like animals than the dogs they are trying to rid themselves of.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-30 16:13

      Wow aren't you just a fat head? How can you generalise like that? I've seen many cases of people living in the suburbs doing unspeakably cruel things to animals and children. So get off your arrogant little pony!

  • bongs - 2011-06-30 08:17

    you can attack each others comments for the whole year, but you missing the point here, an innocent child was killed and its was not the first time dogs does this. at the end of the day we want our children to be safe even if it means removing all the dogs in the area.

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 08:27

      You are quite right I think bongs. Sadly we have missed the point on this. It should be about the child. However, it is obvious that many people, myself very much included, feel such anger at the treatment of animals who cannot take care of themselves. The mother in question here should have been taking care of hers, albeit that she is still very young herself, and perhaps did not think about leaving the children in the house with the door open (that is another story..........). Condolences to those affected by the tragic death of this young child.

      Flee - 2011-06-30 08:39

      All good and find bongs, but look at the lead up to this whole thing... people who can barely look after themselves and their 5 children go out and but a puppy, dont look after, train, feed and neuter the animal and this is what you get.. I say get to the source of the problem... US as PEOPLE should be responsible for our actions, or in this case lack thereof....

      siren703 - 2011-06-30 09:14

      Bongs you want you children to be safe? Then why was this 3 year old on its own?? I drive past not even an informal settlement everyday but one of those low cost housing developments and everyday no matter what time of day or night there a little kids running around, playing along the roadside, now how is that keeping you children safe? You say this is not the first time something like this has happened, probably true but how often (from what i see and read - everyday) do you hear of people attaching, kidnapping, raping, abusing, murdering, etc young children, what are you doing to keep you children safe from these creatures, who in my opinion are the real monsters who should be ‘put down’

      Chanel - 2011-06-30 21:32

      Here is an idea. . .maybe don't leave your toddler to be watched by another toddler and then your child will be safe! Dogs attack when they have been abused, beaten and starving; Animal insticts switch on and funny enough when a human goes through the same situation their animal insticts would kick in to, ask a jewish person who has been in a concentration camp. Humans are just more looked after and get more justice than dogs or cats so they barely ever have to resort to that. The animals shouldn't be blamed, it's the owners who drove them to do what they did that should and the innocent dogs are the ones who definately should not be blamed. Innocent child vs innocent dog, they are both just as important

  • Naydine - 2011-06-30 08:20

    This makes me sick! seriously.. another example of a toddler (3yrs old) being left unsupervised! first of all, who leaves a child alone outside? useless parents! those dogs were probably starving to death or being teased by children on a daily basis, so when they retaliate what do they get? I dont even want to think about what these (animals) refereing to the residents by the way, did to the dogs they did catch or own after the attack, if they can stone and torment their own kind what did they do to these poor dogs.. Dogs rely on people to look after them!! Then these township people get the dogs and cant do that! who gets the blame? the dogs.. hey who knows maybe they should.. cos they are probably smarter then half these people!!

      Robbie - 2011-06-30 08:35

      I agree with you 100% Naydine. I couldn't of said it better.

  • Dan - 2011-06-30 08:23

    And we call ourselves a civilized society. Can't even take care of a basic thing like a pet. Why do these people have pets in the first place?

      lungelo mpatho - 2011-06-30 10:12

      these people this, THESE PEOPLE that......yes....THESE people! These...

      Flee - 2011-06-30 12:01

      Lungelo... These People, being HUMANS who do not care for animals, who get one for the sake of the kids, or even the sake of having one, who refuse to neuter or spay their pets, who dont feed or discipline the animal, who dont offer shelter or love to THEIR pet, who neglect or beat their animal, who raise it aggressively for fighting, who inflict pain and suffering THESE PEOPLE ARE AT FAULT.. Why have a pet, or even a child if you can be 100% committed to its life, health and safety?? Black, white pink purple... Dogs ARE COLORBLIND... All they know is a Human is doing this to them...

  • Dan - 2011-06-30 08:27

    @ Seth. Do you have any idea what kind of diseases cats carry around with them, especially stray cats living of rodents. I think you are missing the point of this whole conversation. Again it boils down to the human brutality, lack of responsibility and no accountablility. I agree, the SPCA should put down some of these savages.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-30 08:34

    who let the dogs out

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 09:42

      Heck, how ................................... STUPID! Not funny.

  • gabba_gabba - 2011-06-30 08:35

    Here's a thought: Where were the parent or care givers of the child when this all happened?

      Robbie - 2011-06-30 08:38

      Gabba,the mom went to the toilet. This is what E TV reported last night.

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 09:44

      It was reported from the very first release that she went to the communal bathroom, and left the door to the home open, the children playing in the lounge. So the dog had easy access to them unfortunately. Very sad

  • eddie.botes - 2011-06-30 08:44

    if they cant look after their cats, they should be but down too, a rabid, feral cat bit my mom and it lead to her death, animals are only kept as watch dogs, hunting dogs or as rat catchers

  • Naydine - 2011-06-30 08:46

    @ Gabba - The toilet or most likely the Shebeen.. thats most of the cases, especially the ones you read about when little kids of no more that 6 or 7 years old get left to supervise babies and toddlers and the parafin stove falls over and burns them all to death!! These parents that cannot take responsibility for their actions make me so so so so sick! Cmon people! its a dog! it has limited thought and logic.. humans are supposed to be freaking smart. but yet we keep seeing examples of idiot behaviour over and over again. DONT BLAME THE DOGS! blame yourselves for having them when you cannot control them or look after them damnit!!

      Robbie - 2011-06-30 08:53

      @Naydine- CORRECT

      Ondier - 2011-06-30 10:24

      no, she might have gone to the toilet, probably to squeeze out another...

      Flee - 2011-06-30 12:04

      Perfectly Said Nadine, Why have a car! child! pet! Cell Phone! Take Away or house if you cant frikkin afford it, look after, maintain or love IT... Bugger se Poop Im angry....

  • Trixie Stathakis Osterloh - 2011-06-30 09:03

    Im appalled at this - WTF is wrong with people??? They chase the culprits away but put innocent PUPPIES on a railway track to be ripped to pieces by a train. I am SICK of the stuff that happens in this country! People are savages. 18 dogs killed for NOTHING - to hell with all of those people. I HOPE TO GOD that NO ONE ever gets another dog in that settlement - they dont deserve them. Dogs have unconditional love for their owners - no matter how they are treated and these horrendous people REQUEST they are killed??????? SERIOUSLY?????? WTF is wrong with you??? There should be stronger laws against people wanting dogs, stronger laws on sterlisation of animals preventing every Tom, Dick and Harry from owning a dog. Animals were created BEFORE humans and it was ONLY THE HUMANS banished from paradise not the animals so I hope all those animal murderers find Karma standing at the front door cause she is only a bitch if you are.

      Wendy - 2011-06-30 09:20

      Very well put @Trixie.i agree 100%

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 09:46

      Hahahaha, Trixie. Perhaps not eloquent, but SO to the point. I can 'feel' your anger, and share it. Thanks for calling a spade just that, a spade. Need more of you 'out there'.............

      Sythe - 2011-06-30 11:50

      Trixie I also love animals....I have four dogs which I adore. I am opposed to torturing any animal, or any form of animal cruelty. However your emotions seem to be getting the ebst of you....imagine if it your child mauled to death by these disease riddled mangee mutts. These dogs are not cared for, but they do exist so let us get rid of them in a humane way. Before another life is lost. And about God creating animals before humans and banishing humans from paradise??? Go read Genesis ch.1vs26:28 the Bible is very clear.

      Mishka - 2011-06-30 13:48

      Sythe, you contradict yourself by saying you are opposed to torturing any animal or any form of animal cruelty, by then going on to say '..... by these diesease riddled mangee mutts.' That certainly doesn't sound like the adoration you spoke of in your first sentence. And to then say '...get rid of them in a humane way.' And lastly, you really shouldn't quote from a book where your god speaks of things like forgiveness and humility, amongst a million other things, when you sound as if you could throttle the INNOCENT dogs with your bare hands.

  • siren703 - 2011-06-30 09:04

    so frustrating, 18 dogs had to be killed for no good reason. it was 7 dogs that were involved and as I commented yesterday those dogs would not have attached if not provoked or felt threaten in any way. People shouting "no dogs” and wanting to kill all the animals in the area just proves their ignorance. There are hundreds of attaches on women and children in the country everyday, perpetrated by their own PEOPLE but what happens to those monsters who deliberately hurt other people?!?!?! one isolated incident involving an animal and puppies and out on rain tracks! What kind of mentality do we have in the screwed up country?! Just by the way where were the parents when this happened, surely they should be held accountable as well? I think that see as we so quick to kill (‘put down’ doesn’t make it any less dead) innocent, defencless animals in SA then people like the guy in the news yesterday who flung his baby up against a wall killing should also be ‘put down’!!!!!!!

  • Janine - 2011-06-30 09:17

    I'm amazed (although I probably shouldn't be by now) - a little child gets mauled to death and the people who comment manage to make it into a racist issue.

  • Samantha de Jesus - 2011-06-30 09:31

    I just Pray that the SPCA Has taken down the details of the Dumb Uneducated Idiots that handed over their dogs that they will never be allowed to own any animal ever again!!! That is a Privileged they do not deserve!!!! What would also be nice is if they sterilize all the woman so they don't bring more heartless Idiots in our world!!!! And I hope the so called Parent who was supposed to look after the child let this be a lesson to you!!!!

  • Leah - 2011-06-30 09:34

    Seth, I hope someday someone would come past your house and also kill you instantly!!! What dit those dogs do to deserve being put down? People got these dogs because they wanted a dog but does not know how to look after it!!! It is not the dog's fault it is the bloody people that do not know how to care for an animal!!! That child probably went looking for trouble amongst these dogs and got exactly what he deserved!! Rather kill these homeless people who just keep on getting more and more children and do not know how to look after them! An animal are innocent and if he does not have a care taker he does not know how to provide for himself and then people want to kill them! I hope everyone that are against these poor animals get what they deserve!

      Isaac - 2011-06-30 10:27

      Ain't you dumb as as rock!,a little three year old went looking for trouble you say? Maybe u should have been eaten by dogs when you were three. when you were three.

  • Isaac - 2011-06-30 09:41

    If this dogs were owned by a white person they would have killed a black child and the owner would be held responsible by the court of law,have you ever heared of a dog or dogs owned by a black person mauling a white person? I havent ,so it easy to think this is an exident and accept it and move on.

      Chanel - 2011-06-30 21:38

      I am white and I have been mauled by a black persons dog. . . and I'm being serious. But it doesn't mater that I am white because dogs are colour blind!

  • Pickle - 2011-06-30 09:57

    I look at the situation like this... a pack of starving dogs walking around the township. Sniffing around for the smallest scrap of food. A little child playing inside his home, unattended, door unlocked, he could have been eating something that attracted the dogs. and sadly, he got in the way. Dogs should be banned from townships, period. There should be heavy fines for those who own dogs in townships as it is proven time and time again that a township IS NO PLACE for a pet! R.I.P little one. may your mother find peace for her negligence.

  • Ann - 2011-06-30 10:29

    As someone who has owned dogs throughout my life, I find it unbelievable that any dogs would actually enter a house and attack and kill a baby as was reported on TV last night. The mother apparently went to use an outside toilet and came back to find the child's body outside. Generally dogs that live in these squalid situations are absolutely terrified of people and will never just enter a house. Believe me, something is not right with this story. I wholeheartedly agree with REMO's sentiments!

  • Drolpeer - 2011-06-30 10:57

    It is once again sad that dogs are treated like 'dogs', because humans, if we may call them that, (especially those who put puppies on railway lines), cannot manage animals. I say bring back the days when permits needed to be issued for animals, register all breeder, and get animals in homes who really want them. Good that the animals were put down, as they all are probably underfed etc. I believe NO township dweller should be allowed to have dogs or cats. I have seen what they look like in townships, thin, hungry, aggressive, scared at the same time. I am ashamed at the human race's inability to look after creation.

  • virtualv - 2011-06-30 11:08

    keeping pets at all is barbaric! what gives us the right as "humans" to own another living thing?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-30 15:56

      aaah let's all go hug a tree!

  • Drolpeer - 2011-06-30 11:15

    Savages, deserve to die. Why have pets if you want to treat them like this? I am sure God looks down in disgrace upon His creation. (Although I am inclined to believe that the people who did this might come from Satan's brood). How can you put a puppy on a railway line and sleep at night? Them again, demons don't sleep do they? I'll beat the crap out of them if I had the opportunity, and I'm sure I'll find a lot of people who'll join me.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-06-30 11:17

    Well at least these beasts from the very depths of Hades have been returned from whence they came

      Chanel - 2011-06-30 21:43

      are you talking about the poor inocent dogs that didn't do anything wrong?

  • Sythe - 2011-06-30 11:44

    God has put Man in dominion over all the animals of the Earth. If there is a problem with a population explosion of a certain breed, or unmanaged stray dogs, humans have every right to eliminate these creatures in a humane way to protect other humans and to protect the earth. Dogs do not have souls/emotions/feelings let us not get too sentimental about it.

      Flee - 2011-06-30 13:52

      Who are you to say that Dogs have no souls, emotions or feelings. Dogs and cats are more in tune with feelings, emotions and health than we are... Dogs can detect when sick or unhappy, I bet you couldn't even detect if you shat yourself .. You have no brain, but we cant put you down now can we??

      Chanel - 2011-06-30 21:47

      Well said Flee! Sythe you're just another idiot that believes he is superior to animals, reality check: you're not! You kind of remind me of a pathetic Hitler. Oh and by the way, humans are having a higher population fluctuation then animals. We are more of a problem than they are!

  • shanns - 2011-06-30 13:16

    i agree with Remo 100%

  • thulanikennetha38 - 2011-06-30 13:52

    Xenophobia on dogs. lol

  • anton.oliver2 - 2011-06-30 13:58

    my personal opinion is that they cant ba to blame the baby for her/his death!Where were the mother of this baby according to yesterdays Cape Argus the neighbour phoned the mother to tell her that her child is outside the house dead!Also in the article i read it says that their were more than the one baby!Why did &dogs then only take one baby!And why does the mother leave the door open(obviousely the dogs entered through the door) if the baby is inside without supervision??? My other Q is if you look at the photos in the newspapers and see how the residents throw the dogs etc then its no wonder the dogs bite them(or kill them) And then again the dogs couldve been hungy.they live in a poor comunity and wanted something to eat perhaps.... why does ONE OWNER!!!!!in a poor comunity have 7 dogs????? The human race is just degrading the human races integrity

  • lisa.tamarozzi - 2011-06-30 14:13

    Hello, did anyone hear the SPCA on the radio this morn, They are still trying to establish whether the child was even alive at the time of the attack, The child might have been dead already and all these dogs have suffered and been stoned to death and mauled ripped to shreds by a train!!! Way to many evil people around with no regard for life, Animal Life, these people should be put down, way too many of them, Including the likes of the Chinese dog eating festival, these people should eat one another, bring the evil population down a little.!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-06-30 15:53

    I hope they won't leave it till another tragedy happens... I'm just relieved to hear the SPCA is still operating. They need to step up the sterilising and community vetinary and education programmes. Like with having a family, everyone has the right to a pet but you need to know how to take care of it. You can't withold it from people just because they're poor and don't know any better! If more South Africans became pet lovers it would have positive effects on many of our social issues. There is nothing more touching than seeing a homeless man lovingly sharing his meagre meal with his best friend, his dog. The best things in life are still free, all that is required is responsibility.

  • Lesley - 2011-06-30 16:40

    This article serves to stregthen my views that I do not give money to people. I only give money for animals as humans create misery for people and animals, animals do not create misery. How barbaric to put 3 puppies on a railway lie(they were not involved in the attack) for a train to ride over them I would like to put the people on the line and have a train run over them.

  • ecoecho - 2011-06-30 17:05

    Have to admit to not reading all the comments here, but if this owner had 7 dogs it is possible that he used them for hunting. Many people do not realise that this goes on and these packs are taken into local reserves and protected areas, such as the one at Eerste Steen in the Blaauwberg area, late at night to hunt animals. If these animals were of such a pack then they would be more likely to attack a small child, and even more so if they were not fed enough.

  • Chanel - 2011-06-30 21:21

    Seth what the hell is wrong with you! You have no problem taking a life do you? An animals life is just as precious as a humans and the "idea" that they should just be killed is just primitive! Cam you're in the same boat, how would you like it if roles were reversed and we could say just put your child down? If you don't have a child maybe a niece or nephew? Or any dependant soul that you love, would you like that? Perhaps we should put all the orphans in the world down to? Would that please you? You have no idea what a life is worth!the fact is that animals that are already alive should be neutered or spade so that we can get the population under control and then it should be a priority to give animals safe homes. It should be budgeted for, more so then it is now. HCrouse you're also a self rationalising idiot! So just because a life form isn't your pet it should die? It's people like you who should be put down! All you do is promote death and human superiority! If humans were so superior then why can't you geniuses find a better solution to help animals other than taking their God given life away?

  • wilma.groenewald - 2011-07-01 10:34

    A very disturbing mind set when so many people follow each other like a bunch of sheep. I really feel for the child that suffered under the attack and wish her a speedy recovery, it was not her fault. I say shame on you to the ignorant, neglectful and uneducated community who made the decision to destroy all these animals. As far as the animals' well being is concerned, I think they are better off not having to live in such a nasty, abusive society. To the SPCA I say Thank You for coming to the aid of the animals, but please restructure the laws somehow for these informal settlements so that these incidences can be avoided.

  • Adam - 2011-07-01 19:38

    I don't see why the dogs had to be put down, a toddler should not be left alone in a place where pack of dogs are able to get to it! And I can't believe the mentality of the lowlifes that they would put puppies on a railway track. They themselves should be placed on the railway track - they no doubt contribute nothing to society.

  • Loon-Toon - 2011-07-21 13:31

    What type of CAVEMAN will put puppies on a railway line... IDIOTS!

  • mandy.mcgifford - 2011-08-01 16:33

    Its easier to blame the animals who can't speak for themselves. I bet these poor animals have no food half the time as well as no love which breeds an animal who knows no better. These people should not have dogs or cats, half of them can't even take care of themselves, how do they intend to look after an animal?

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