Dog bite victim fights for his life

2017-07-06 06:01

THE man who was attacked by two boerbulls in Belvedere on Monday is fighting for his life in hospital.

The man in his seventies, whose identity is known to the Weekly, was dropping off garments at a dressmaker in Saunders Circle at 11am when the incident happened.

It alleged that when the dressmaker opened the gate, the dogs attacked him.

He sustained body and facial injuries.

The man’s family, who wish to remain anonymous, dismissed reports on social media that their father had died.

The victim’s son told Weekly: “My father is alive. We will not be making further statements to the media [about the incident].

“People are spreading wrong information on Facebook about him.

“My father didn’t die, he is still in hospital.”

However, sources close to the family told the Weekly the victim is in a critical­ condition.

“He was transferred from Netcare Alberlito Hospital in Balitto to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital on Tuesday.

“He had a four-hour operation to his face. We heard his nose was torn open.”

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said in a statement paramedics and their rescue unit responded to a dog attack in Tongaat.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the elderly man to have sustained life-threatening injuries. The dogs had dragged the man to the ground by the arm and continued to rip the flesh off the man’s face. The Netcare emergency care practitioners and team worked tirelessly to stabilise the man. After he was placed on a ventilator they transported him to a specialised hospital in Durban.”

Chairperson of Belvedere Civic Association­ Reuben Govender condemned dog owners.

“I received numerous calls from concerned residents saying their children are not safe. This could have happened to children going to school because they use the same road.

“As leaders in the community we say that any dog that acts in this manner has to be put down for the safety of our community and children.

“Any person who has a dog should take steps to ensure that the community is safe. I would say anyone who has a vicious dog must have it locked up.

“As civic association in our meetings we always appeal to residents to take care of their pets.

“If you have a vicious dog there must be a sign at the gate.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said the dogs have attacked people before.

“These dogs attacked four people before and nothing is being done about them. A woman was admitted to ICU after she was bitten by them. This is not on, because children use the same road when going to school. Dog owners should be responsible.”

New police spokesperson for Tongaat SAPS, Captain PZ Ngwane said no case has been opened.

Residents and family members took to social media and condemned the owner of the dogs.

Shun Subbrayan said: “I happened to be passing that particular house when the incident happened.

“I was standing at the entrance of Mahatma Gandhi Street when I heard the uncle screaming in pain. There was also vulgar language being used.

“Hope the uncle gets better. To the family, we pray for a speedy recovery.”

Nirthie Jogge said: “For those that are spreading nasty rumours about uncle passing away please get your facts straight.

Uncle is in stable condition and the family needs your support, prayer and well wishes.”




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