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Guard charged after dog mauls toddler

2012-03-07 17:21

Cape Town - Police have charged a Cape Town security guard with serious assault after his Rottweiler mauled a toddler, critically injuring him, according to a report on Wednesday.

The guard said the dog broke loose from its kennel and dug under the fence of the Perseverance Secondary School in Belhar, The Cape Argus reported.

Three-year-old Lincoln and his stepfather were walking to the doctor on Sunday when they passed the dog.

It ran out of the school, grabbed the boy by the neck and tried to drag him back to the school.

According to the report, Lincoln underwent a second round of surgery at the Red Cross Children's Hospital on Tuesday and was in a critical condition.

The dog, which belonged to the school, was put down on Sunday.

Comments
  • Vicky - 2012-03-07 17:41

    I hope they are having the handler put down as well!

  • Ad - 2012-03-07 17:46

    Sue the school governing body cos they appointed the securty measures or better yet sue the education department .

  • Blane - 2012-03-07 18:01

    The owner should have been put down , its not the dogs fault . The dog has not received proper training now its to blame ? WTF ???

      adrian.breda - 2012-03-08 08:14

      The dog is the one that mauled the kid, not the man. I don't see what is the reason we should put the man down. Yes the man is at fault for letting the dog go loose out of the kennel and giving the dog enough time to still dig a hole.

  • Cracker - 2012-03-07 18:17

    One of the signs of a primitive mindset is the holding of others criminally responsible for what they did not wish for or intentionally caused. FACT!

      Cracker - 2012-03-07 18:24

      Just to add: Negligence is not an element of assault. Just in case somebody tries to get clever with arguments of negligence, in other words, not using your common sense, or as stated so beautifully in one of the old Roman Dutch authorities, as jy nie jou gesonde verstand gebruik nie. Or something very close to the mentioned wording. Which formulation has nothing to do with assault. There are very good reasons to keep the two concepts separated.

      Rodney - 2012-03-07 18:27

      So if a drunk driver mows down people in the street he should be allowed to walk off because he had no intention of harming anyone? By your logic, this would be the outcome. Fact is, the owner of the dog is responsible for it's actions. THAT is fact.

      Cracker - 2012-03-07 18:34

      No Rodney, you fail to grasp the logic of what I'm saying. That is why we have lawyers. They represent some sense.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-03-07 18:49

      NO... The dog did break loose so what now, lets sentence the guard to life imprisonment because his dog broke loose from its tie down or should he have had a thick chain to tie the dog down in case this happens..Crazy.... Dog should have been trained, but even that is not a guarantee, SO lets just say it was an accident or what...

      Shadipity - 2012-03-07 19:07

      What people in South Africa tend to forget is that in this country pets are not santioned beings but property, as such the owner is responcible for the damage it's property causes. The guard should have taken extra care to contain the dog given it's size and training (if any). Although the guard did not intend for the boy to be attacked it is still not a no-fault injuiry!

      Cracker - 2012-03-07 19:34

      The guard did not set the dog intentionally on others nor did he intentionally assault or bit the victim(s). You all who have so much to say, bear in mind that more than two thousands years ago these issues as legal issues have been settle in Roman Law. Yet we now have to hear the new rubbish that is being invented.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-03-07 21:23

      Perhaps if our country wasn't so riddled with crime we wouldn't need security with vicious dogs guarding schools. The guilty party is our useless government that is unable - or unwilling - to control crime.

  • Cracker - 2012-03-07 19:27

    A flea bites your little toy dog and he bites one of the children of your relatives/friends assembled around the dining room table on the ankle out of frustration as a result. It makes you guilty of CRIMINAL assault? The definition of assault has always required a conscious, subjective intention on the part of the perpetrator to actually harm someone else. At least in the legal systems that we should be emulating. WHAT MADNESS IS OVERTAKING THIS COUNTRY? A disturbing trend in the application and interpretation of the legal principles in this country has become obvious. Police or traffic cops will for example arrest you for a crime like “disturbing the crime scene” if you question their conduct or take photos of what is going on.

      Shadipity - 2012-03-07 20:24

      Your example is flawed as the flea is not your pet thus not your property thus not your responcibility! Come on people, I suspect that the charge, as per News24's trend has been incorrectly reported but this does not take away from the fact that a little child is in hospital scarred for life. So here is an example. You park your car on a slope and go do shopping. While shopping your cars hand break fils and plagues into a group of children killingthem. Who is at fault - the children for standing in the way of the car or the car owner. Now remember the law clearly states that your are responcible for keeping your motor maintianed in order for it to be road worth. Sure you did not intend for your handbreak to melfunction but it happened, people were injuired or killed. Some one has to be held accountable. Just saying!

      Rodney - 2012-03-07 20:58

      shadipity, i can't agree with part of your comment,someone doesn't always have to be held accountable, sometimes it is just an accident. I despise the way the laws are interpreted nowadays, however, in almost every western country on the planet, you as the owner are responsible for your animals behaviour. It is your duty to ensure the dog is in an escape proof enclosure, it is also your duty to ensure dangerous dogs are always under control when in public areas. In this instance, the owner failed and should be held accountable. Cracker, not sure which legal systems you are referring to, but in Britain, all of Europe, Australia, NZ, America and Canada to name a few, the law says you as the owner are responsible for your dog.

  • Gloria - 2012-03-07 21:45

    Why is 3 year old being attacked this week. First the dad that killed his 3 year old, then the 3 year old that was shot out of revenge, now the dog. Wtf?

      adrian.breda - 2012-03-08 08:15

      Now why don't we put the men down that killed the other kids.

  • Sharon Laubscher-Kruger - 2012-03-08 07:46

    My rottweiler loves water, but he is not allowed to swim with the kids because he grabs them on their heads whenever they go under water or splash. The reason for his behavior is he thinks they are drowning. The same thing happens whenever one of us scream, he comes running wild and starts looking for someone who is hurting us. We can never play outside and scream because he will start growling and jumping on us. I guess he is over protective??

      adrian.breda - 2012-03-08 08:18

      That is not over protective, thats just called disrespect and at this moment he is controlling you and everyone in your house because he does not allow you to play outside. You should take your dog to a dog behaviourist, as it is a problem.

      Sharon Laubscher-Kruger - 2012-03-08 09:21

      Thanx Adrien. I do not understand half of the things he does but we love him. He hates it when people push a car! He always stands between me and a stranger when we are just talking and he won't move. When we get visitors he walks into the house before they can enter and he just looks around, after a few minutes he goes outside again. He is well behaved and waits lying down patiently when I give the dogs their food. Our children can take meat out of his mouth and he will not growl or attack them. He loves to play and loves children. Just don't scream!

  • Mia - 2012-03-08 08:02

    SHAME!!!! Poor dog!

  • Tracy - 2012-03-08 15:45

    The question is this! Were on the property was the dog kenneled? If the dog was kenneled were the children at the school could tease him then do not expect the dog to react like a well trained dog. (If it was trained) Also working breeds can become aggresive if they are not mentally stimulated. So depending on the facts can you still blame the dog?

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