SPCA defends ‘killer’ dog

2009-01-12 00:00

The SPCA has defended the dog that attacked and killed a man suspected to be a thief in Thornville on Saturday night, saying it was just doing its job.

The cross-breed dog, Charlie, killed the suspected burglar by severing his jugular vein.

The dog’s owner heard it bark at about 10 pm on Saturday and went to investigate and saw the dog chasing someone in the yard.

Police spokesman Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed the incident. Budhram said the owner of the dog found a man lying on the ground.

He had been mauled at the neck.

He said the police have opened an inquest case and are investigating the circumstances of the man’s death.

Pietermaritzburg SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said they do not advocate that the dog be put down because it was doing what comes naturally.

Vida said the dog seems to have been protecting the property and the people in it when the attack happened.

“Dogs are companions and it is their secondary responsibility to provide safety,” explained Vida.

She said the onus rests on the owners of the dog to train their animals so as to ensure that they are properly socialised and are not dangerous.


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