Dogs won’t be put down

2018-06-20 06:02
A picture of a pitbull dog. PHOTO: sourced

A picture of a pitbull dog. PHOTO: sourced

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THE two pitbulls that mauled an intruder to death last Friday will not be put down, according to the owner.

During the early hours of Friday, 1 June, in Scottsville, the pitbull dogs Sandy and Riddick were in their back yard when two intruders scaled their back wall in order to break into the house, carrying various house-breaking equipment.

Of the two intruders, one was escaped while the other was killed by the dogs.

Later that morning the family’s domestic worker found the intruder’s body lying in the yard lifeless.

Although the family were shaken up by the incident, they arrived at the conclusion that were it not for their dogs their house would have most likely been broken into.

“I do not live here but after the incident my whole family had come to support us and wash the dogs,” said the owner of the dogs, Hlube Radebe.

Radebe said that the dogs were part of his family and that they are all part of a pack.

“My dogs have been quite shaken up since the incident but Sandy seems to have come around while Riddick still seems to be a bit down but all in all they are fine,” said Radebe.

Radebe said that he had done a lot of research before adopting the pets and trained himself and the dogs.

“Even though a life was lost I am thankful for my dogs because my grandmother, aunt and their domestic worker were alone on the night of the incident,” said Radebe.

He added that anything could have happened had the dogs not been there.

“My grandmother is upset that a young black man has passed away but I am still thankful that my dogs were there and my grandmother has agreed that she still wants them to stay at her house,” said Radebe.

Many people took to social media to support Radebe’s dogs by posting supportive and appreciative messages for the dogs.

“Pitbull dogs are not for everyone and need to be cared for properly, especially during the first year,” said Radebe.

According to the spokesperson for the Alexandra police, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo, the man who had escaped is yet to be found.

The identity of the man who died was unknown and finger printing tests would be done to confirm his identity.

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