Dogs break chain and maul boy

2009-09-19 00:00

TWO dogs that attacked a seven­year-old boy in Copesville leaving him with multiple bites were put down by the SPCA yesterday.

ER24’s Derrick Banks said that the boy sustained multiple bites when he was attacked by two dogs in Bornite Road.

“ER24 arrived at the scene to find the boy being treated by members of the public that live in the area. He had sustained lacerations to his back and arm. He was stabilised on the scene and taken to Northdale Hospital in a serious but stable condition,” said Banks.

It is believed that the young boy was walking with a group of friends, when two dogs escaped from a residence, said Banks. Other boys were able to make a dash for it, but the young child was unable to get away from the dogs in time, he said.

Banks said a member of the public allegedly succeeded in chasing the dogs away and this saved the child from suffering any further attacks.

Maureen Vida, spokeswoman for Pietermaritzburg SPCA, told Weekend Witness that the dogs, a German shepherd and a cross breed, both males, had broken loose from their chains. The yard they were from was not properly fenced, so the dogs ran out into the road where they came across the child.

She said one dog was still dragging its chain when the SPCA caught them. The dogs had gone back into their yard after the attack.

They were taken away from their owner and euthanased by the SPCA yesterday afternoon, with their owner’s agreement.

“According to the Animal Protection Act, people are not allowed to chain their animals, and they can be prosecuted for this,” said Vida.

She warned that dogs that are chained up become very aggressive because they are not properly socialised. “They don’t get the opportunity to socialise with the family and their friends. They are not used to human interaction. If you don’t have an adequate fence, you should not have a dog,” said Vida.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo said according to the council by-laws, people are obliged to prevent any dog in their charge in a public street or place from attacking, running at, jumping at or endangering the safety of any person or traffic.

“The by-laws state that an authorised person may seize and … impound an uncontrolled dog or any dog found outside the premises of its owner. The by-laws also state that any person who contravenes any provisions of the by-laws shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a conviction of a fine or imprisonment,” added Ngcobo.

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