Cape Town toddler killed by dogs

2011-06-29 08:26

Johannesburg - A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by dogs in Sweet Farm, Nyanga, on Tuesday, Cape Town police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the child was playing outside his home when he was attacked by the dogs.

There were no further details available.

An inquest docket had been opened into the matter, Traut said.

  • Babs - 2011-06-29 08:31

    RIP little one. Such a sad and cruel way for a little soul to die. Condolences to the family. Yho hayi all we here on news24 these days are bebies and children dying... So sad...

      Chillepeppa - 2011-06-29 08:38

      I hear you Babs, seems not a day goes by without such a sad story. It just kills me as I have a 2 year old boy of my own. I cannot imagine the pain they must be going through, and I don't want to.

      Nicky - 2011-06-29 15:26

      I also have a 2 year old, and when I red this story my heart broke when I thought of that defenseless toddler. Where was the parents or the responsible person? You can not leave a 2 year old to play alone anywhere...

  • Jozee - 2011-06-29 08:36

    Sjoe dis hartseer, my innige simpatie met die ouers en familie.

  • siren703 - 2011-06-29 08:39

    as awful as this is, horrific way for anyone, let alone a baby to die but something must have happened to provoke the dogs. wonder what happened....

      Badger - 2011-06-29 08:52

      siren703, in some townships there are packs of stray dogs roaming the streets. Food for Thought

      SushiCat2011 - 2011-06-29 09:07

      There was a story on the front page of the Cape Times yesterday about dogs been bred and trained for dog fights (blood sport) by teenagers in townships because it is their only source of income. More food for thought ...

      tightrope - 2011-06-29 09:31

      It is sad that such a young life was taken in such a savage manner-where were the parents they too should be held accountable

      liesl - 2011-06-29 11:45

      according to Kfm the mom went to the loo which is a little way from the house. :( Some more food for thought. Poor baby, poor mom, and even poor dogs. Not a natural thing for dogs to do if they are well fed, socialised and raised. What a terribly sad story. RIP little one.

      Flee - 2011-06-29 12:25

      Siren Agree, These dogs are ill treated, left to bread, live and fend for themselves by inconsiderate ill educated thugs who think a puppy is cute for a few weeks... Township people and People who do not have the means to properly look after an animal should not be allowed to own or purchase one EVER... They purely compound the problem. Dont get me wrong I do feel for the family (Where were parents???) this is such a tragic event but dont blame the dogs for being forced into a life of pack hunting and savage behavior by US HUMANS

      Khotso - 2011-06-30 07:58

      So its somebody's fault? Ai Siren ...

  • JakibZoomer - 2011-06-29 08:44

    Worst tradegy I've heard in a long time. I'm a new father and I cannot imagine what the family must be going through. God bless!

  • gizzy - 2011-06-29 08:53

    Been asleep News24? This story was reported on, extensively, yesterday. My heart goes out to that little girl but I do feel the community must take some responsibility. I have been to that area. The amount of starving dogs roaming the streets is hear breaking. And then most of them have litter after litter because the owners are too lazy to have them sterilized. There are many animal charities that go to areas like that to offer FREE sterilization but people couldn't be bothered. It is only a dog. This is the consequence of having starving animals roaming the streets. It is just so sad and unaceptable.

      Pickle - 2011-06-29 08:57

      Couldn't agree more.

      Bruce - 2011-06-29 09:07

      I agree gizzy, i work with a guy from Nyanga who has 6 dogs and they keep having puppys and the spca often goes there to collect the dogs to spay them he says no because they ask for donation, so instead he lets those 6 dogs keep having puppies and the puppies just die because they dont get looked after but he couldnt be bothered.

      GT - 2011-06-29 09:13

      A good dog catcher and a euthanasia on the spot is the only solution. There are thousands of dogs roaming townships without homes, without rabies shots. The dogs are feral, they are not lost pets. Vermin basically.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-29 09:13

      This is serious...dogs are now 'hunting' in packs...The only solution is to have these strays put down ?!!

      therone - 2011-06-29 10:42

      @gizzy Well said. @Currie_Mafia Dogs hunt in packs instinctively. Its not a sign of aggression or some type of special evil. Because they're abandoned by humans and left to starve, they resort to pack behaviour as a means of (amongst other things) survival and instinct. Don't let that description conjure images of these massive packs of wild, aggressive dogs attacking humans at random. @GT Yes, dogs that have reached this level, should be euthanased. Unfortunately. BUT, I still maintain the root of the problem here is people and their complete lack of understanding and care for animals. Humans are a pathetically selfish race, the result of which is utter disregard for any other type of animal. Aggressive abandoned dogs is just one example. The community must be held accountable and animal education programs must be held. Owners dogs that are not sterilised (like Bruce's colleague) should be fined. People involved in any way with dog fighting should be imprisoned.

      Flee - 2011-06-29 12:29

      Bruce... I say euthanize the guy you know from Nyanga... Could have been one of his inbred litters that attacked this kid... I would report him to the SPCA If I were you.... Tell him I say he is a CHOP!!!

  • Bruce - 2011-06-29 09:01

    The question that should be asked here is why is the child playing outside without parents supervision??

      Sasha25 - 2011-06-29 09:04

      That is exactly what i would like to know? Where was teh parent or nanny?

      Vernon - 2011-06-29 09:30

      Get serious,the parent is most probably a nanny and was at work outside the township and left the kid with the siblings.

      Pickle - 2011-06-29 09:52

      The mother went to the an outside toilette just down the road from her house... Still no reason to leave a little one unattended, but you asked....

      My Comment - 2011-06-29 10:04

      Very unfair comment. A two year child is very active, and it is impractical to keep an eye on them all the time. Stop blaming the parents all the time. What about these dogs?

      Susannomore - 2011-06-29 12:52

      @My Comment - I believe, from your comment, that you are not a parent. Any responsible parent knows and understands that a 2-year old is not old enough to make responsible decisions regarding his behaviour. Hence, adult supervision! It may be impractical, but very necessary.

  • Thys Basson - 2011-06-29 09:01

    Shame... those dags need to be shot!

      tightrope - 2011-06-29 09:44

      Parents should be held accountable

      Mary - 2011-06-30 11:13

      Thys, why not just shoot yourself as those dogs did not ask to come into this world unloved and unfed. If u were left on your own to fend for yourself u would also do the same. Anyway, blame the dog owners that do not have there dogs sterilised and keep on breeding in their backywards for causing this problem. I say do not shoot the dogs but shoot the owners.

  • RATIONALE - 2011-06-29 09:03

    I am a father of a 2 year old boy. Of all my worst fears I have him and his safety, being mauled by a pack of dog ranks right up top as the primary nightmare scenario! My heart is shattered at this story, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give them strength to rise and go on.

  • ShakaN - 2011-06-29 09:04

    I am so gald that the media has not used the all to familiar words - "Pit Bull" in the story. Maybe they are FINALLY learning that there are other breeds of dogs and cross breeds that also attack people.

      Flee - 2011-06-29 12:34

      Thank you Shaka, when I started reading I was waiting for "Rabid Pit Bulls" or "Giant Rottweilers" Really... Have you seen the mongrel mutants that roam these streets all inbread, over bread, starving and not one trained...,

  • John - 2011-06-29 09:07

    Where I hail from, we have constant reports in our newspaper of dog fighting in the townships. If a dog loses badly, he is left to die. So, what if he doesn't? I am just wondering aloud whether this could not be one of the causes of attacks like these.

      tightrope - 2011-06-29 09:56

      John, dog fights are happening in the elite suburbs as well as the Townships,lots of money to be made in this horrible sport,dogs are left, either dead or badly hurt,and if hurt they are discarded to roam around hungry because to the owner they are useless

      John - 2011-06-29 13:05

      @tightrope: I have no problem believing that whomever is involved with these types of fights come from all walks of life, however, at least here, it seems that the fights are held in the townships, probably because it is harder to detect than in the suburbs. Since these fights are in the townships, these dogs are also discarded there if the become obsolete, it would seem. All of this is, however, pure speculation. I have nothing to back it up with.

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-29 09:08

    so sad for the little one to die like that. my sincere condolences to the family.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-29 09:09

    Any dog/cat roaming any public area should be put down. There are too many strays all over.. Shame, an unnecessary tragedy..RIP.

      NiceGuy - 2011-06-29 09:23

      @Currie Mafia. Roaming dogs can also be adopted not only be put down. Should the animal welfares not able to care for too many dogs then yes cruel but putting the down is the humane thing to do instead of the dog being a threat to people or suffering with injuries and abuse.

      Mary - 2011-06-30 11:15

      But whose fault that there is such a lot of strays no one but us humans. Maybe we should do the same to the humans strays that roam our public areas - also put them down. These animals have just as much right as anyone lese to roam this earth.

  • Mart - 2011-06-29 09:09

    My sincere condolences to the bereaved. Our children are precious gifts from God and we need to take good care of them.

      Salfred - 2011-06-29 09:21

      I whole heartedly condolences to the family! May God strengthen you during this time of sadness.....

  • Thuso - 2011-06-29 09:10

    awu na dogs can kill "poor baby"

      Susannomore - 2011-06-29 12:54

      What are you trying to say? Can't understand this at all

  • Sunni - 2011-06-29 09:19

    My heart goes out to the family, to lose their child this way. But I have to ask the question - "Why was this child playing outside unsupervised?" At only two years old! Dogs are not the problem, but the owners.

  • Fiona_O - 2011-06-29 09:20

    RIP little one. So tragic.

  • chris - 2011-06-29 09:21

    Hang di eienaar van die honde op aan sy voete en dat honde hom takel en verskeur dis al sodat dit n' behoorlike waarskuwing kan wees .My inige sipatie met die ouers van die kind .

      liesl - 2011-06-29 11:48

      behoort nie eers noodwendig aan enige iemand nie. Daar is hope onversorgde, ongeliefde honde in die townships. Baie hartseer vir die honde, met aaklige gevolge.

  • MP3 - 2011-06-29 09:25

    WTF? No further details available? Seriously disappointing journalism...

  • Barbara - 2011-06-29 09:31

    Any dog is vicious, it is the way you bring them up and in the townships there are mega dogs roaming the streets and anything appears to be food for them, My sympathy to the family but there I really think that the law should get stricter for people who allow their dogs to roam and stop concentrating on the houses that have their dogs under control but according to them you have too many.

  • be - 2011-06-29 09:31

    i say kill all vicious dogs. they are just a nuisance! condolences for the family x

  • Mexicoboy - 2011-06-29 09:37

    This is so sad. Can't even imagine my son dying this way. Where is SPCA? They are supposed to lock up or put down all these dogs who do not have owners. Now who will take responsibility for?

      Totman - 2011-06-29 10:17

      When did you last denote money to them or did you ever? They are not living on air only. Neither do they have a tree that supply notes. Cape Town organisations are working very hard to help animals and sort out the dogs. It was even a program on Animal planet...or one of those on Dstv, but they need money to increase there efforts. The amount of hours in the day, with their workforce, is just not enough. Believe me, they all work very, very hard.

  • - 2011-06-29 09:39

    Oh! this is just so sad and my sympathy to the family of the little one. I have to agree with a lot of comments that it is not normal for properly cared for domesticated dogs, no matter the breed, to attack in this manner. Dogs that are homeless will form packs and scavenge for what ever is available and it is these dogs that have to be dealt with. People who breed dogs to attack must know that it is their responsibilty to ensure that their dogs are kept away from people - this does not mean that I condone training dogs for dog fighting - they have to be controlled at all times - just as security dogs are. Just a point - it is of interest to note that the most aggressive dogs have been identified as being Dachshunds at the top and then a close second Jack Russel terriers - the rest rest come a poor third!!

      Flee - 2011-06-29 12:46

      True Mac... The people of the community are to blame for the dogs being left to deteriorate to the depths that they are in now... Horrible and i do feel for the mother but come on... Oh and agree Daxi's and ox'ys are most aggressive, and the one responsible for mor attacks on children than any other bread??? Cocker Spaniel... YUP.. !! Scary hey..

  • Dubya - 2011-06-29 09:48

    Very sad. Those dogs are aggressive because of their owners. I hope they pay.

      gizzy - 2011-06-29 10:37

      And then deal with the disgusting owners! Dogs aren't born vicious. They are made that way by humans.

  • NodrogBob - 2011-06-29 09:49

    We had a terrible experience as well, but nothing like the death of a human being, but it could have happened if my son had gone out to intervene. Our neighbours dogs (pit bulls) broke through the wall dividing our properties and killed one of our dogs a male maltese poodle cross. These pit bulls should be banned in SA and the law should carry a stiffer sentence against owners of such animals if they do not ensure that they are properly contained in their properties.

      liesl - 2011-06-29 11:50

      Pit bulls are absolutely fine if raised in a loving and caring home where their inborn guarding instincts are not channelled into aggressive behaviours.

      Flee - 2011-06-29 12:49

      Maltese should be banned they are the bane of the dog world, the itch you cant scratch and the mozzie noise you cant get rid off... You will find that the Poodle antagonized the pitts, which is in their nature... and they got eaten... unfortunate but true...

  • HCrouse - 2011-06-29 10:29

    Crap way to die. Crap journalism. Crap parenting.

  • Kay - 2011-06-29 11:17

    En weereens gee hulle ons net die gatkant van die storie. Watse honde is dit? Straat honde of behoort hulle aan iemand? En hoekom was daar geen adult supervision nie? Wie los 'n 2-year old op sy eie?

  • K_za - 2011-06-29 11:29

    Very sad. Once again an unsupervised toddler and a people who choose not to follow the law wrt dogs needing to be inside the property. When will these people learn?!

  • K_za - 2011-06-29 11:33

    Townships are out of control!!! Dogs hunting in packs, people hunting in packs. This is what happens when there is no law and order. Education and job creation are key once again.

  • Nadia - 2011-06-29 11:42

    Headline reads Cape, but article says JHb, get your story right. sad about the child

      liesl - 2011-06-29 11:50

      Nyanga is in the Cape.

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-06-29 15:27

    hungry feral packs of stray dogs are becoming a terrifying reality. The ANC government has virtually crippled what was a very effective SPCA network because they don't see why animal charities are necessary...?? Will they only see the light when more children die from dog attacks and rabies? To honour this little child please donate a few rands to SA.MAST (

      Flee - 2011-06-30 08:46

      Thanks snoopy, will send the address around....

  • Boesman - 2011-06-30 01:50

    1. Where was the mom?? 2. Why did she not supervise? 3. If it is common for dogs to roam freely in the area, how can she let her 2 Year old play outside unsupervised? 4. Did I mention "where was the mom"?

  • Mary - 2011-06-30 10:53

    Why blame the dogs when it is the people to blame for not taking care of their pets. Now the poor dogs have to be put down due to mankinds stupidity and negligence. Why is it always the animals fault? If they were fed and shown some love instead of being thrown with stones and beaten with stick, pungas and dog fighting inthe area then this would not have happened. If man is not looked after they go back to survival instincts to kill for their food, well the same goes for these dogs. That why I do not have any sympathy for these people that get attacked as what respect have they shown to these poor animals. I am so sorry to be part of this human race. I have some sympathy for the family but it must be asked what provoked these dogs to do this act.

  • Mary - 2011-06-30 11:05

    I am so sick and tired of hearing that the dogs are to blame it is us humans that are more to blame. For if these dogs were sterilised in the first place there would be less stray and unwanted dogs walking about. Secondly, if these dogs were loved and fed they would not have turned to there survival instincts and fend for themselves. Thirdly, why to these dogs in townships become aggressive towards people is that the people make them aggressive with dog fights, throwing sticks and stones at them to make them angry - teasing them. These dogs did not ask to come into this world, it is the fault of us humans that is the case of there misery throug not sterilising their pets and preventing unwanted pregnancies and animals. This story is sad from a human side but look at the cause of the problem. Why must the non-guilty dogs(not even the dogs that attacked the youngster) now get punished due to a humans faults and be put uneccessary to sleep just because of this attack. It is so unfair. Maybe the same should be done to humans that are a menace to society as dogs,animal were also made by GOD and put on earth and thus have just as much right as us humans to live their life out on earth and not be snuffed out by a single injection. People in townships should not be allowed to have any dogs for this matter.

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