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Man mauled by dogs in Roodepoort

2012-02-25 08:10

Johannesburg - A man was attacked and mauled by two Boerboels at a house in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg on Friday afternoon, paramedics said.

The garden service employee was busy packing equipment away after working at a house in Helderkruin at about 17:00 when the two dogs got out of the property and attacked him, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said.

"He sustained critical injuries, bone fractures, puncture wounds, all over his body."

The owner managed to get the dogs off the man. He was taken to Flora Clinic.

Comments
  • Marion - 2012-02-25 08:23

    I'm so sorry for this man. It must be extremely traumatic to be attacked by dogs, particularly such big dogs. Hope he recovers soon. I have no doubt though that he will be terrified of any dog in future. Our two dogs, a whippet and pavement special, are extremely friendly and part of the family. I have no doubt they will fight to the death if we are attacked. First and foremost companionship and only 'defence' if the 'pack' is at risk.

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-25 09:32

      I own a pitbull, AND I have two small children. My dog wants to be friends with the entire world, just don't bring your dog near him. Owners teach their dogs to be vicious and aggresive and then have no control over them, if you love your animals and treat them well they WILL protect you should your life be in danger. I am so tired of the dog being put down because he is not socialised, when the owner is responsible for the way the dog behaves. Usually there is a huge outcry for all of the breed to be erased from planet earth. People please, train your pet, he is supposed to be loved not used as a weapon! I hope the gardener will heal, and not be too scarred mentally and physically.

      Kala - 2012-02-25 09:58

      Karen - There is the other possibility that the garden service employee was possibly teasing the dog. It's rather surprising that the dogs only attacked one of them. I am assuming that as with most garden services there is more than one on the property at the time.

      Kim - 2012-02-25 10:07

      Well said Karen. The Pitbul has such a bad name in society as well as Rottweilers. I have grown up with Rotties and have a male myself. Never have I experienced anything of this nature. People need to look at facts. If you allow a child to do as it pleases they lack respect and morals for others. Same applies with a dog. Problem is that people want animals for protection but do not train them correctly. My dog will not eat anything unless I give him the command.

      Peter - 2012-02-26 11:19

      karen, the pitbull breed needs to be banned as too many owners of this breed are irresponsible. Often men want a pitbull as a kind of "extension" of their manhood, a bit like owning a Hummer. A pitbull out of control is unstoppable by a human, hence it is irresponsible to allow humans to "own" them.

      frannievandee - 2012-03-06 15:29

      those dogs must be put out, they are a danger to society, whether its the owner's fault or not.

  • Morne - 2012-02-25 08:30

    This happens too often. One can understand how people will want the most vicious dogs given crime but too many innocent people are being attacked. How much do dogs deter criminals in any case? They just drug or poison them?

      Marion - 2012-02-25 08:40

      Exactly Morne. Vicious dogs could no doubt turn on their 'family' at some point as well.

      Francois - 2012-02-25 09:30

      Morne, it is truly sad that incidents like this happen. Boerboels are in fact not the most vicious dogs dogs around and News24 just grabbed the first pricture of a dog they could find for sensationalism. I don't think one should use this one incident to argue a case against dogs, not too long ago an article was published on this very same website of a dog that saved his master's life. I think that in general we as society must do the right things and in this case the owner of those dogs should have his day in court, not the dog.

      Marius - 2012-02-25 10:00

      I agree Morne, this thing of MORONIC OWNERS happens too often. The dogs are not to be blamed, The owner should have kept them in his property. HOW did they get out?

      Kala - 2012-02-25 11:25

      A lot of people don't have dogs for the purpose of protecting their property for the reasons Morne mnetioned. My dogs would in all likely hood help potential thieves carry my stuff out. I have dogs because they are genuinely man's best friend and I know of no other animal that loves it's owners so unconditionally.

      Peter - 2012-02-26 11:22

      Morne, trust me they are a massive deterrent. If they sleep in the house, they are not easily poisoned. Dogs are better protection than human security gaurds. The they don't worry about themselves before they react, they just react.

  • elewies - 2012-02-25 08:39

    It's time that SA follows Australia and classify dogs according to their potential viciousness. People will still be able to own any dog they want, but they will be held accountable for situations like this if they own a dog which is known to be aggressive. The owner should be criminally charged. I think attempted murder should do it.

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-25 09:38

      I have no information about this specific case but what if those dogs had been mercilessly teased? Would it then be fair to put the dog down and charge the owner? I am playing devils advocate and not trying to minimise the seriousness of this event. My mother was ruthlessly attacked at the age of 67, and it was terribly traumatic. However there are cases where children tease dogs or hurt them, which results in an attack. What would the protocol then be?

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 09:47

      Dogs are made vicious by owners. Its not the breed. If correctly trained-the most "vicious" breeds are docile and loveable. Lack of exercise often causes a dog to be vicious as well. A dog is as well behaved as his/her owner allows!

      Marius - 2012-02-25 10:05

      Elewies, DOGS should not be classified. The OWNER can be classified and I have a few categories...STUPID, BRAINLESS, MORON, IMBECILE and TWAT.

      Kala - 2012-02-25 11:26

      Double thumbs up to Marius and Karen.

      Peter - 2012-02-26 11:26

      Shirley, some individuals are just plain bad. Some dogs cannot be cured, if the brain is cooked it is cooked. Only solution, end them. We can't do that to bad humans anymore, lets at least sort out the bad dogs. But in this case, the human is guilty, it was his lack of responsibility.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-02-25 09:07

    If i was the the victim of these two dogs i would sue the owner for damages serious .

      Kala - 2012-02-25 11:27

      @ChristoS52 - That's because it's helluva difficult to take a dog to court.

      Stray - 2012-02-25 19:58

      It is the victims right to sue. It is the owner's responsibility to prevent dog attacks on visitors. I've heard "servants left a gate open" too many times. Too many people only realize the full weight of responsibility after a bad incident.

  • Rofhiwa Nelukalo Waboboni - 2012-02-25 09:20

    if i was the man i was going to kill the dogs and hurt the owner!!

      Marius - 2012-02-25 10:07

      Rather kill the stupid OWNER.

      William - 2012-02-25 10:08

      I understand your anger here Rofhiwa. There will be an enquiry and the law will punish the owner as it is their legal responsibility. On a civil matter, the injured party MUST sue the owners for a compensation that is fitting. To HURT someone, as you put it, make sure it counts. In other words do this 'in the pocket'.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-25 09:44

    This is sad for many reasons. I hope the man makes a full recovery! However the dogs will probably be put down and that is very sad! The owner of theses animals should of ensured these animals awere safely secured. Thisis going to give the breed a bad name sadly-but these animals are pack orientated and will always protect their pack. Boerboels are wonderful dogs,even with children. If they are given lots of exersize and correctly housed this would not of happend. I hope they are not being put down!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-25 09:47

    the dogs and bees have a conspiracy going...they are attacking humans like nobodies business these days

      Kim - 2012-02-25 09:52

      You forgot the sharks too Louis

      Peter - 2012-02-26 11:29

      And the viruses, beware of the things you can't see! I do however believe a lot of animals have every right to want to hurt humans, the way we oppress and abuse the critters.

  • Marius - 2012-02-25 09:57

    I suppose now everyone will blame the dogs and they will be killed just because one stupid moron could not KEEP HIS DOGS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE!! There are no such thing as dangerous dogs, only dangerous owners. My thoughts go out to this man. He should sue the bloody pants off the owner.

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 10:11

      I agree but end of the day the dogs will suffer!

      Kala - 2012-02-25 11:30

      I agree 100% Marius. It's like saying guns are dangerous. It's not the gun that's dangerous, it's the person behind the gun.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-02-25 12:06

    Big dogs are a curse. Their owners, in most instances, stupid.

      Shirley - 2012-02-25 12:40

      Speaking from experience?

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-25 12:30

    Come to me I will help u sue the owner

  • Julie McIntosh - 2012-02-25 13:01

    What did this man do to the dog??

  • Stray - 2012-02-25 19:36

    Large breed dog owner here. The breed does not matter. All dogs have teeth and may bite. All large dogs must be kept with utmost responsibility, however friendly they may be. Read this "two dogs got out of the property and attacked". Gates, people gates! This goes for owners as well as their employees.

      Peter - 2012-02-26 11:33

      Small dogs bite as well. Can't do much damage though, guess thats the difference.

  • Cindy Mendes - 2012-02-25 23:51

    We live in SA a place full of crime we are all stressed even our dogs they did what they had to do to protect what is "theirs"... Unfortunately people today do not own dogs for pets like in the old days they own dogs as a form of protection and I'm sorry to say but the dog did what he was trained to do... It is not the dogs that must be blamed it is the lack of security we have in SA that must be blamed....

  • Thabo - 2012-02-26 00:48

    Nog n slagoffer!

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-26 08:12

    I agree fully with winsome. I own an english Bull terrier myself and I can asure you you van put any dog or child in the garen, he wont touch them. You clmbe the fence, that's a diferent story. Bu how oftenhave I seen dog owbners taking it upon themselves to "train" teir dogs to be agressive,that is very easy with ANT reed of dog. Then, theyre frigggin proud of it when the dog goe John Wayne when a 5 year old child walks past the property. Trouble is they're not professionals and do not know how to teach the dog WHEN to be agressive . So, Winsome, I fully support your view, punish the owner, the dog is only trying to please the owner by doing what the owner has show himis right.

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-26 08:22

    Spyker May You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.Your comment is so superfcial and lacking in any scientific backgound that I have to assume you are basing this onsome assumed amateur observation. Dogs have been with humans for thousands of years. One thing we know is that because of those thousands of years of genetic non manipulative genetic alteration, the "domestic" dog simply does not mature hence why they can be kept throughout their lifetime as good companions. Take awolf for instance, we saw the same with polar bears. They are great as puppies but as they mature, the wild feral instincts appear and they have to be either released of placed in Zoological gardens. This does not happen with dogs. In a give situation, a human will also come out fighting with fists, teeth and whatever he can get his hands on. Dogs bite. You simply have anbsolutely no idea about the biology of what you are talking about.

      Stray - 2012-02-26 12:27

      This is an enlightened observation. One should take breeding into account also. The best breeders take care to breed not only for appearance, but also for temperament. A registered dog from such breeders is much less likely to be vicious. Too many dogs are back yard bred in South Africa and attention to temperament is misdirected to viciousness with "security" in mind. There are lines of Boerboel and Rottweiler bred on farms and smallholdings that are downright dangerous with temperaments so bad that they no longer conform to breed standards. Then they are kept in packs, where one controlled dog should suffice. These dogs are applauded for their viciousness by their owners until a bad incident happens and the owner is prosecuted and the dog put down.

  • frannievandee - 2012-03-06 15:27

    those dogs must be put out!! i have been attacked by two Alsatians like that and i am now terrified of all dogs, justice must be served.

      misstee.langhein - 2012-11-30 14:58

      Moron! An owener is responsible for how vicious a dog is or not, it is not the dogs fault!! There are no bad dogs only bad owners!!

  • Michael - 2012-06-08 11:36

    The owners of these kind of dogs have to be held accountable for their animals actions.

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