‘Burglar’ killed by dogs in Lotus River

2016-03-24 12:53
A man died yesterday after he was mauled to death by two dogs. The man allegedly trespassed on a Lotus River property and two dogs on the premises bit him. The pictured dog, Paco, was shot and killed during the incident.

A man died yesterday after he was mauled to death by two dogs. The man allegedly trespassed on a Lotus River property and two dogs on the premises bit him. The pictured dog, Paco, was shot and killed during the incident. (Supplied)

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A 34-year-old man was mauled to death by two dogs yesterday during a suspected burglary at a home in Lotus River.

A graphic video that went viral on social media shows the alleged burglar being bitten by two dogs while bystanders try to divert the dogs’ attention by throwing bricks and stones.

Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, Grassy Park police spokesperson, says an inquest docket has been opened. “An inquest docket was opened at Woodstock police station after a man died in hospital after he was bitten by dogs on premises in Lotus River. What we can confirm is that the man does not stay on the premises where the dogs attacked him. He was still alive when he was transported to hospital,” Kleinsmith says.

In the video a bystander can be heard saying “because he wants to steal here so the dogs caught him”.
During the eight-minute video the man is bitten by the dogs until shots are fired.

“One of the dogs was shot on the scene by police to protect and help the man,” Kleinsmith says. People have shown outrage on social media, saying “the dogs were protecting their property. The man got what he deserved.” Someone else wrote: “I have no sympathy for the man! The dogs were protecting their yard and one got killed for doing so, which is very upsetting.”

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