Oudtshoorn - An inquest docket is being investigated by Oudtshoorn police after a little boy was mauled to death by the family dog on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said 4-year-old Peter Frans died in hospital shortly after being bitten by the Labrador shortly before 22:00.
The child had apparently being playing in the yard of their Bridgton home when tragedy struck.
"He was bitten in the neck and face. His parents tried to stem the blood loss with a towel and he was taken to the Oudtshoorn Hospital," Pojie said.
The child died a short while later.
The matter was being investigated, he confirmed.
The dog was reportedly put down following the incident.