Dogs attack boy in city park

2010-08-05 00:00

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy was badly injured when he was savaged by two dogs while playing alone in a park in Woodlands yesterday.

Raylon Diedriks was on the swings in the park in George Benjamin Place at about 4 pm when he was attacked by a brown bullterrier and a light brown bullterrier-cross that had escaped from a house across the road. He was alone at the time, although the park is usually full of children.

“He got open wounds on head, left ear, stomach, thigh, legs and back. The wound on his head looked even worse,” said 17-year-old neighbour Brent Koopman, who rescued Raylon.

Raylon was released from St Anne’s Hospital last night after his wounds were stitched.

Brent said he was walking up George Benjamin Place when he saw the dogs attacking the child.

“While one dog was biting the boy on the legs, another one jumped up and pushed him to the ground.

They started biting him all over the body. One held tight with its teeth to the back of his neck.

“I grabbed a stick and ran to beat them off, and they ran away,” said Brent.

Raylon’s grandfather, Shadrach Dugmore (72), said he was in his house when he heard about the incident.

“I ran to the scene and found my grandson bleeding. I carried him to my car and rushed him to hospital,” said Dugmore.

The owner of the dogs, Doriah Jafta (57), said she always keeps her two dogs inside her fenced yard. She said the gate is always closed, although not locked.

“I don’t know who opened the gate. When I came out of the house after hearing about the incident I found my dogs sitting outside my gate,” said Jafta.

Jafta sent the dogs’ 2005 vaccination certificates to St Anne’s Hospital. “I vaccinated my dogs early this year, but I cannot find the latest slip,” she said.

Raylon’s aunt Renelle Brown said she was terrified when Jafta only showed her a 2005 vaccination certificate.

Jafta’s husband Ernest (53) said he will take the dogs to a vet today to test for diseases. “I have had my bullterrier for the past six years and its baby [the younger dog] for the past two years. I vaccinate them every year,” said Ernest.

The boy’s mother Nicolette Diedricks said her son was treated and released after having the injuries stitched.

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