Pack of 40 dogs attack resident

2019-07-03 06:02
Philasande Madondo (left) and Fikile Ntuli hold up what is left of a pair of trousers Ayanda Khanyile was wearing when he was attacked.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Philasande Madondo (left) and Fikile Ntuli hold up what is left of a pair of trousers Ayanda Khanyile was wearing when he was attacked.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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AYANDA Khanyile from the Nyuluka area in Ashdown is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a pack of 40 dogs on his way home over the weekend.

While walking home from a friend’s house at about 11.30 pm on Saturday, Khanyile (32) was two houses away from his home when the dogs attacked him on Shaka Road. He was later taken to Edendale Hospital.

Community members say the dogs roam the streets of Ashdown regularly and in the evenings they sit on Shaka Road where they wait to attack people.

Duduzile Khanyile, who was speaking on behalf of the family, told Echo that they are still surprised that Khanyile managed to escape. She said that during the attack he was screaming for help. Hearing his screams, a neighbour opened their door and he managed to escape from the dogs by running inside the neighbour’s house. The dogs were still chasing him as he was running into the house.

“He has wounds all over his body, even on the head. These dogs wanted to kill him. The clothes that he was wearing were ripped off and on Sunday morning when we went to pick up the pieces we did not find all of them.

“After what I saw, I am traumatised and we are all scared here at home. It was even difficult to wrap him up with a blanket when we were transporting him to hospital,” she said. “We want these dogs taken away or killed because they are danger to the community. We do not want to see these dog kill someone one day.”

Duduzile said she is now even frightened by her own dog and plans to take it to the SPCA, saying: “After this incident I do not know what to think; maybe this dog one day will turn against me and attack me.”

“I also do not want Ayanda to come back from hospital and find it here because it will bring back all the trauma that he went through.”

Residents who spoke to Echo said they are living in fear because of the stray dogs, which they described as aggressive. They said they are afraid to send their children to the shop, fearing that they will get attacked.

“We are now forced to take longer routes to get to our homes because we are scared of these dogs. They started eating chickens and goats, but now they are attacking people — it’s very scary. This shows that they are hungry and they will do anything to fill their stomachs. Something needs to be done very quickly,” said one resident.

Ward councillor Dumsani Phungula said they are concerned about the dogs as they do not have the owners. He said they will raise awareness with the whole community about the dogs.

“I will be contacting the SPCA as well to see how can they help us in removing these dogs from the community. I will also engage with the Msunduzi Municipality licensing department to see how they can assist. We cannot have our community members living in fear because of the stray dogs,” he said.

Acting Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Ngcobo said: “The municipality has bylaws which outline the specific legalities around owning and keeping of animals. They outline everything from how many animals are allowed on different types of properties, to what behaviour is prohibited and many not be displayed when owning an animal.

In terms of the dogs a person is not allowed to keep any dog which is vicious or has a propensity to chase after or charge at other animals, pedestrians, vehicles or pedal cyclist.”

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