Neighbour ‘attacks' man and his blind dog

2009-05-23 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man has laid charges of assault against a traffic department official following a squabble about a blind Maltese dog.

Rakesh Mungroo, a Lincoln Meade resident, is accusing his neighbour, a traffic department official, of uttering racial slurs, choking him with pepper spray and kicking his dog.

The charges emanate from two confrontational meetings between the two.

Mungroo lives at number 31 Selby Close and the woman lives nearby.

Yesterday he took his 16-year-old dog, Bugsy, for a walk as usual. “Bugsy is blind so I take him for a walk every morning, but on Thursday the woman reversed towards me and nearly ran us over. She then accused my dog of messing her yard but I told her that was not true.” The argument did not last long as Mungroo’s accuser drove off.

The second encounter pushed Mungroo to the limit after he alleges his life was threatened and his dog injured. “It was the same situation, she was driving out of her driveway when she saw me and my dog. She pulled up next to us and made the same accusations again.

“I told her that I don’t walk into her yard with my dog and she took out a pepper spray and sprayed me.

“I was half blinded and choked from the spray. She booted my dog so hard it flew a few metres before it landed on the floor.”

The dog was limping and Mungroo said it was injured from the kicking. According to Mungroo, the woman also made racial comments and threatened to shoot him. “I ran off and washed my face at the tap and then I called the police.”

Mungroo is a medical laboratory technician at a local hospital. He has a newborn baby and he is concerned about the safety of his family following the threats.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said a case of assault has been opened.

Weekend Witness was unable to contact the woman concerned yesterday.

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