Emergency op for child bitten by dog

2012-01-12 10:52
Cape Town - A 2-year-old child has had plastic surgery to her back and leg after she was bitten by a dog on Clifton beach on Wednesday afternoon.

Meeka Riley Lackay from Bridgetown, Athlone, was with her aunt on Clifton’s main beach when she was attacked by a Rottweiler. Her right leg and back were injured and she had an emergency operation at Cape Town MediClinic at 18:00.

Meeka was attacked from behind and fell on a rock.

“We went to the beach with some friends at about 10:00,” Meeka's aunt Liska October said at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

She and her boyfriend were with Meeka on the beach when they saw four dogs.

Dog grabbed her leg

“There were a few dogs on the beach but they were on leashes. I was not far from her. There was a small rock between us but I could see her.

“When I turned around to look at her, I saw how a dog suddenly jumped on her.

“There were more dogs in the area and I tried to stop them from attacking her as well. The dog grabbed her leg,” said an emotional October.

The owner of the dog came and pulled the dog away. “I don’t know what he did but the dog let go of her.”

The parents are planning to lay a charge against the dog's owner.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, acting head of the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre, said Clifton was a blue flag beach and dogs were not allowed on it.

The city council’s law enforcement and specialised services unit would investigate the incident.

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