Boerboel saves boy from dog attack

2011-09-21 11:01

Bloemfontein - A Boerboel probably saved the life of a 12-year-old boy when it jumped over a fence and attacked a bullterrier that was busy mauling the child, before dragging the dog away.

The boy, Kgotso Seahloli, was transferred to a hospital in Bloemfontein where he had surgery on Tuesday night. A large part of his scalp had completely been torn off, his skull had been pierced and he had bite wounds to his cheeks, upper lip and stomach.

Seahloli, a Grade 6 pupil at Harmony Primary School in Virginia, was on his way home from school in Windsor Road in Harmony when the bullterrier came out of its yard and attacked him.

His father, Moses Seahloli, said the incident happened close to the school and teachers who were called by pupils found Kgotso after the dogs had gone.

“My child is in a lot of pain and badly shocked. He said he thought he was going to get bitten to death. His condition is serious. I am told the other dog saved my child’s life.”

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said the bullterrier was attacked by the boerbull, which jumped over a high fence, when the child screamed. He said the attack on the child happened very close to the home of the bullterrier’s owners.

He said a charge of keeping a dangerous dog was being investigated against the owners.

The dog was signed over to the SPCA and would be put down.

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-21 11:13

    Give that Boerbull a bone.

      Gandalf - 2011-09-21 12:38

      @ AMS-Dammer: Well done, you managed to bring racism into the thread. Idiot.

      MeltdowN - 2011-09-21 12:49

      LOL! that was rather original! i was expecting "Bells" >>> Sorry for the poor kid that got mauled.

      Colin - 2011-09-21 12:56

      Im with Gandalf on this one... Moron AMS!

      Ayoba - 2011-09-21 13:15

      Give that Boerbull AMS-Dammer. Eish! He won't taste good.

      sludge_sa - 2011-09-21 13:22

      AMS how do you vector sex into this? Dude you need a smack in the face...

      Yoni - 2011-09-21 19:13

      A Boer maak 'n plan. Hope the boy's parents sue the crap out of the owners, and that they have enough to pay out the claim. There should be compulsory insurance for owners of certain breeds or size dogs, to cater for this type of unnecessary event.

  • Spyker May - 2011-09-21 11:18

    As with a gun licence - dog owners must get a licence to own certain types of dogs (viz they are as dangerous as fire-arms). The licence must be the subject of a thorough scrutiny of the owner (as with a gun), such dogs- and owners MUST be trained (as with a gun) and such types of dogs must be kept in the appropriate surroundings. Registered training areas must be provided (eg certain areas of parks) where the licence fees are used to provide for the (eg) SPCA that provide officials who ensures the relevant types of dogs get regular training and proper exercise (frustrated dogs are dangerous). ELSE – BAN CERTAIN TYPES OF DOG BREEDS – PERIOD.

      PRKER - 2011-09-21 11:27

      Dogs are only as dangerous as their owners are...

      Sum1 - 2011-09-21 11:32

      "they are as dangerous as fire-arms" LOL... GTFO of my yard or I will shoot you with my dog! Nah dude, I don't think so.

      Megan - 2011-09-21 11:38

      I was under the impression that you DID have to have a license to own a dog? Or am I wrong? Unfortunately there are too many indecent breeders out there who will sell their litters to ANYONE as long as they get the money for it. And in doing so, will breed indiscriminantly with their dogs. Dangerous dogs come from lack of correct handling and inbreeding (something that has been scientifically proven).

      hannelie gerber - 2011-09-21 11:46

      Spyker you obviously have not recently applied for a gun license..... getting one is not as difficult as you make it out. Furthermore the animal is innocent, it only acts on command and what it has been trained to do by a human. I have 2 boerboels who will kill on my command and have been trained to attack if it doesn't belong in my yard. Sadly i have had the pleasure of chasing and swearing at young boys walking past my house, teasing my dogs and shooting at them with paintguns just for the fun of it. if a child / person teases a dog then expect to be attacked. i do not condone the attack on this child but just how sure are you that the child is as innocent as it is said in the article? when caught out most kids will say " but i did nothing wrong" i know i have one!

      trishen.moodley - 2011-09-21 13:19

      I have a minature poodle....I'm sure he is as dangerous as a gun. Make sure brain is engaged before putting mouth into gear.

      Flee - 2011-09-21 13:59

      Trishen LMFAO... They do say dynamite comes in small packages...

      Daan - 2011-09-21 15:08

      Wat rook jy vaakseun ? Bring jou kwaaiste Bullterrier en ek bring my 9mm kom ons kyk !

      Spyker May - 2011-09-21 15:24

      PRKER - sure and some owners are only as dangerous as their dogs... hannelie gerber - you would be more than welcome to apply for the said licence. trishen.moodley - read slooooooowly with me - CERTAIN types of dogs... Literacy would be a prerequisite for the said licence, you seem to be okay though - the size of your dogs cognitive capacity seems to match yours perfectly... Don't fear Flee - you will probably find your poochy feeding on your own arm before anyone else's.., now get out from feeding under Rotty's tail (I know it is nice and cosy in the fold) and start feeding in the cold light of day a bit... This is what we refuse to comprehend - a dog is an animal, period. It walks like an animal, it 'talks' like an animal, it smells like an animal (just ask Flee), so how can we conceivably expect it to behave in any other way, but like an animal..?

      BroDoItRight - 2011-09-21 15:39

      I agree with you Spyker. Some owners are damn irresponsible and will forget that these monsters can be a threat to any form of life if not guarded and taken care of properly i.e. the story of some Asian man who was eaten by his own dogs for leaving them to starve whilst he went on holiday! Screen the owners and set strict rules for owning possibly dangerous pets.

      hannelie gerber - 2011-09-21 15:44

      Spyker May I did apply and was approved shortly afterwards - however you have to be competent to own a weapon & like I tried to explain in my comment..................if a dog owner is not competent then dog won't be either. Geeeeeezzzzzz touchy aren't we!!!!!

      mark59 - 2011-09-21 15:58

      spyker go hug a live in SA man.

      Flamewulf - 2011-09-21 17:13

      Spyker has clearly never owned a dog. Dogs are the product of their owners - dogs become dangerous when they are neglected and not looked after, but are instead left all on their own. Spyker, I suggest you either watch Cesar Millan's show or read one of his books. You might learn something.

      OBwun - 2011-09-21 18:07

      Spyker - dogs do reflect the way they are brought up & that includes the attitude of owners. Dogs that are isolated & basically ignored by their owners do pick up bad traits. Some dogs have been given a bad name because of this. You cannot categorically say that certain breeds are 'bad' because of their reactions in certain situations. A lot like humans - some are brought up bad & others just become bad because of their curcumstances. Bit like you, bud.

      CTScientist - 2011-09-21 18:20

      @ Spyker: I rate you would be better off licencing all domesticates, rather than just specific breeds. Or target the actual problem. And, Spyker, that would be the cause of the domestication in the first place. In case you didn't know.. I'm referring to 'us'. That said cause would specifically be the breeders, rather than the owners. Especially when evidence from Russia is increasingly suggesting that selection of specific traits (I.e. aggressiveness) can be bred for (or against) within three generations. As usual, there is a nugget of truth hidden in your comments. They're just very hard to find these days. There should be some form of control. Although clearly yours dances around the bush somewhat. But in any respect.. with a police force that is not only under paid, under staffed, but also largely ineffective.. I struggle to see how you might achieve your aims with a 'dog force'.

      Mitch - 2011-09-22 07:27

      Spyker, your arguments are stupid.

      adrian.breda - 2011-09-22 15:53

      How do you BAN a type, are you going to make them extinct?

      Alpine1 - 2011-09-23 07:15

      Whats the war with Spyker May? The man has spoken well and comprehension seems to be the issue of those ranting against him.

      James - 2011-09-23 10:11

      Dogs are not the problem, the people that own them are. But agreed,certain dog breeds are harder to handle than others. And therefore, their owners must be educated in some capacity to be able to handle these animals.

      Eduard - 2012-01-11 19:27

      @ spyker....WTF are you talking about? even your user name tells me you are missing some slices out of your loaf....anyway, moving on... should we ban certain types of human breeding too?

  • Loki - 2011-09-21 11:19

    I would be very surprised if this was a bullterrier. More likely a pitbull of some sort!

      RobbedZombie - 2011-09-21 11:30

      Are you maybe confusing a staffordshire bull terrier with a bullterrier? Besides, why the prejudice against pitbulls? I've had many pitbull's and AMPT's and they were all well disciplined and behaved. They wouldn't attack anybody unless they came into my yard or someone who attacked me. Ultimately, its not the dog/breed but the owner.

      HJS - 2011-09-21 11:36

      Really doesn't matter for me, Pitbull - bullterrier, both absolutely disgusting breeds. Need to be eradicated altogether. Boerbull WELL DONE, great dogs.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-21 11:44

      @HJS, rubbish, regardless of the breed the it's the owners who determine the dog.

      Stun Gun - 2011-09-21 11:44

      Pit Bull Terrier probably.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-21 12:22

      There is nothing wrong with pitbulls! They are the best dogs to own if you have children. All of those who think otherwise have never owned one of these amazing dogs. HJS please keep your un-informed comment to yourself.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-21 12:29

      Pitbulls are proven to be one of the most stable breeds known to mankind. In fact on the 'temperament test' they score higher than the labrador. It's people like you and the media that give those great dogs a bad name. Please rather don't comment on something that you know nothing about.

      O-Kay - 2011-09-21 12:34

      How about people who know nothing about pitbulls keep quiet. Judge the deed not the breed..... Pitbull's make excellent family pets, however they are not very good with other dogs and therefore display animal aggresion (that's what they were bred for). As usual in South Africa people generalise about everything! The problem is certain pitbull owners want their pets to be aggresive to people and so are responsible for the breed being ostracised.

      O-Kay - 2011-09-21 12:35

      @HJS, really??? So at what point do I inform you that Pitbulls are a mixed breed, and one of the breeds that was originally added is a boerbull???

      Shazred - 2011-09-21 12:44

      You should maybe learn a bit about Pit-bulls before you make a uncalled for statement you idiot. I have had Pit-bull for a very long time, and not once have they attacked a person, let alone a child, and I have had many children around my dogs. On the other hand a Bullterrier has got to be the most difficult dog to own, keep and train. They do not listen, and are very hard to control. I know this from a family member who has owned many of them because it is his favourite breed. A dog is as disciplined as its owner wants it to be, and it is as vicious as its owner makes them. People have the misconception that to have a watch dog you must make it viscous. But if you just love it, it will love you and look after you and your family. My pit-bull is well mannered and has never attacked anyone baring the armed robbers the put a gun to my head in my house, and they have never been trained to be vicious or dangerous. But I can tell you they are well behaved, have discipline. So please leave the Pit-bull bread alone if you don’t know what you are talking about.

      Flee - 2011-09-21 12:44

      HJS's need to be eradicated.. Doff uneducated Homo-Sapien

      petra.nicol - 2011-09-21 12:46

      @ Loki & Co. I have had the HONOUR of owning (bringing up, training, disciplining & LOVING) four pitbulls. I currently own two and a Jack Russell. They are the most intelligent, loving, obedient dogs I have ever owned. I have two children who interact intimately with both dogs - they would defend my children & my family to the end without hesitation. UNFORTUNATELY, you also get poor excuses for owners who are NOT responsible in their choice of dog & have no idea how to raise a secure, well-mannered & sociable dog. These owners, along with inter-breeding, etc, give these dogs a bad name. DON'T BLAME THE DOG - BLAME THE OWNER !

      petra.nicol - 2011-09-21 12:50

      Forgot to add what was most important - speedy healing to the little soul who was attacked by the bull terrier - hope he obtains help from a "fear" point of view as well, so he's able to still interact with dogs as he grows up. The Boerbull who saved him deserves a medal & HUGE Loves... Perhaps the little boy can begin trusting dogs again starting with his doggie-rescuer...

      Brendon - 2011-09-21 12:51

      Our family owned all breeds of dogs Boerboel, Staffie, Pitbull, Lab and the most ferocious of them all was the maltease.

      JJ - 2011-09-21 15:36

      Here we go's not the breed , it's the upbringing (i.e. the owner!)

      Will2.0 - 2011-09-21 16:41

      There's a guy in my neighbourhood that walks his pit bull every afternoon. It's the friendliest, healthiest dog around. Then there's the labrador that lives in a little courtyard. It's fat, filthy and has the temperament of a tik fiend desperate for a fix. Blaming a dog's breed for its behaviour is like blaming cows for people's obesity.

      PDP - 2011-09-21 20:21

      @HJS, one can say the same about some humans!

      adrian.breda - 2011-09-22 16:04

      @Loki, If you do some research then you will find out that the strenght of a Bullterier is superior then that of a Pitbull, they are both terriers and have the killer instinct, so you telling me a Bullterrier is not capable of doing such a thing. or any other dog

      Guy McLaren - 2011-09-23 09:11

      Loki Thats a poor generalization. I have a friend that has a Pit Bull that may lick you to death. I have heard morons brag about how vicious the Bull Terriers are, and pound for pound the most aggresive breed is a Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese Poodle. Should we ban them because their owners are stupid. A55h0le owner a55h0le dog.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-21 11:24

    shame this is horrible for a kid. lets all drop the race issue here, black, white doesnt matter. hope the kids ok

  • PRKER - 2011-09-21 11:27

    Perhaps the Boerbul should be more pragmatic in its dietary requirements?

  • Eland Eland - 2011-09-21 11:28

    Pragmatism is a white person, intending o steer -up and makes this a black and white issue. If I am black, and stated comments like the white woman who was killed with the rest of her family, with kids as young as 6 months, last week along the Moloto road was probably driving drunk, will that sound human? Let us be human, and behave like god created human!

  • loveratskzn - 2011-09-21 11:32

    wishing the boy a speedy recovery.

  • StefX - 2011-09-21 11:35

    Let me guess: this will be either a pitbull, staffie, american staffie or boxer. (sigh) A 'short'-legged, muscular terrier bites someone and its always a bullterrier. And yes, you assume correct: I have two of them. Best of luck to the family of the child - I hope he makes a full recovery.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-21 11:58

      Staffies are not aggressive dogs...

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-21 12:24

      There is nothing wrong with pitbulls! They are the best dogs to own if you have children. All of those who think otherwise have never owned one of these amazing dogs. HJS please keep your un-informed comment to yourself.

      O-Kay - 2011-09-21 12:42

      @Pointblank, tell that to my mother who was mauled by one. Now tell me she teased it.... at the age of 67, tell me she provoked it.... walking home from the dentist.... Tell my sister, who owned one that killed something like 6 maltese poodles in it's life. Not everyone knows how to own a dog, how to be responsible pet owners

      MvZ - 2011-09-21 12:53

      Sausage dogs are rated the most vicious dog breed - according to a survey. IT IS THE WAY DOGS ARE RAISED THAT MAKES THEM AGGRESSIVE!!

      pvuuren - 2011-09-21 14:17

      a Boxer?, stef you are a fool!

      darkwing - 2011-09-21 14:56

      I'm on the dog's side always. Too many humans on the planet. Start with the young ones.

      Will2.0 - 2011-09-21 16:45

      Maybe we should start with you, darkwing.

      darkwing - 2011-09-21 19:44

      Willie wee, are you prepared to eat me?

      Point Blank - 2011-09-22 16:01

      @O-kay, so then ALL staffies are agressive? All whites are racist and ALL blacks are criminals in your eyes? Come on guy... are you a generaliser?

      adrian.breda - 2011-09-22 16:13

      @Lab-Rat, I owned a Pitbull and I must agree with you they are amazing and superior to all other dogs, easy to train and they always please you. I wouldn't get me any other dog now that I had that experience.

  • GH - 2011-09-21 11:36

    Kiss the boerbull

  • Moersteen - 2011-09-21 11:36

    Poor kid, hope he's OK.

  • Coral Soar - 2011-09-21 11:38

    Wow - although a shocking story, i must say it does warm my heart a little to hear a child was saved from a dog BY a dog :)

      JJ - 2011-09-21 15:43

      Especially by a prove a point to people who attach a negative stigma to certain breeds : )

  • markusjoe - 2011-09-21 11:39

    it's spelt "Boerboel" not Boerbull. Another example of sloppy journalism from News24

      Great White - 2011-09-21 12:16

      Dayum got me confused too.

  • CPII - 2011-09-21 11:41

    Tsk! I dare any white man to take a stroll through a black township and see what the FREE roaming feral dogs will do to him.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-21 11:46

      WTF are you on about? Stupid troll. I remember walking through alex and one of those pesky dogs came running at me, I kicked that thing so hard in the mouth it ran away wimpering like you would if I kicked you..

      Nitronic - 2011-09-21 11:49

      Nothing, you see dogs don't bite non-criminals!!!! Dogs only bite black thugs!!

      Viv - 2011-09-21 12:01

      Pointblank - how about I kick you in the mouth?? You are a sick twisted individual to kick a dog. What a real man you are to kick dog. Real big man. Hope the flees of a thousand filthy camels infest your crotch.

      Great White - 2011-09-21 12:17

      Point Blank you must be a cop then ;-)

      CPII - 2011-09-21 12:34

      Point Blank…he he he…hit a nerve there did I. Forget Alex. Go to Soweto a bit :o

      colin - 2011-09-21 12:52

      Point Blank get off that steroids buddy.

      corliah - 2011-09-21 13:51

      If a dog runs at me or my child I will also kick it, ok.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-22 16:04

      @Viv - the dog was about to atack me moron.. should I stand there and let it bite me? Eish.... @Great White, was ;) @CPII - na not really, but when people make stupid comments I just join in with stupid comments :)

      CPII - 2011-09-23 13:23

      Yeah PB. So the feral dog wanted to attack you hhmmm....but you're excused. Police aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. Have a comprehension problem sometimes. Do tell, in your learnered experience, what percentage of dogs in townships are properly fenced in by their owners, that is to say if they have owners.

  • Stun Gun - 2011-09-21 11:45

    Bull Terrier aka china dog. These things can be just as bad as pitty's.

  • Marete Marete - 2011-09-21 11:46

    A big up to that boerbul. It is a million times useful than most a@@holes who spend all their time chatting on the News24 website.

      Frangipani - 2011-09-21 15:37

      What does your name mean?seriously?

      Mswati - 2011-09-21 18:33

      Good point masende

  • Suiciety - 2011-09-21 11:47

    Bull Terrier? Sounds more like a Pittbull.....people often confuse the two.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-21 12:26

      Pitbulls are proven to be one of the most stable breeds known to mankind. In fact on the 'temperament test' they score higher than the labrador. It's people like you and the media that give those great dogs a bad name. Please rather don't comment on something that you know nothing about.

      O-Kay - 2011-09-21 14:42

      Hear hear Lab-Rat, how could anyone with eyes confuse a pitbull and a bullterrier

      adrian.breda - 2011-09-23 07:19

      I'm sure only the blind can confuse them, they are so different.

  • Hugh - 2011-09-21 11:48

    pity we do not do that the the other animals whom are supposed to have the brains to work out right from wrong.

  • charmaine.tyhali - 2011-09-21 11:51

    It's so sickening to read the comments on News24 when everything keeps going back to color. We're different, but all human beings get over it!!! Who cares if the boy what blue black purple or the dog owners where orange, something that could've ended tragically was avoided. Damn ignorant fools nxa! Move forward already!

      Face - 2011-09-21 11:53

      You are right - I say shoot the dog!!

      sarecen - 2011-09-21 11:55

      agree totally with u and im white.

      Megan - 2011-09-21 12:02

      They're just TROLLS! and as long as people take their bait and help contribute to their comments the longer they will carry on doing it. Ignore them, completely! When they STOP getting responses they'll piss off and find some other forum to cause trouble on.

      Guy McLaren - 2011-09-23 09:15

      and the owner Face.

      MoaningMan - 2011-09-23 10:03

      This colour consciousness will take at least a generation or probably two to eliminate. I hope that the Boerbull has been given a steak and NOT just a bone

  • Viv - 2011-09-21 12:05

    How do we really know if the child was not infact taunting the dog. Were there any witnesses to say that the dog just ran out and unprovoked attacked the child? Mmmmm....dogs dont just attack for the hell of it. There is more to the story that the child is not telling. He most likely did something and the dog thought 'right, sick of this' and took him on. I hope the child recovers from his injuries and hopefully will have not ill feelings towards dogs. The dog being destroyed is tragic. If someone had the time they could turn that dog around.

      corliah - 2011-09-21 14:05

      we don't know, so shhhhh.... Dogs do attack just for the hell of it, In this case the kid walking past the OPEN gate was the provoking act. But again we weren't there.

      Viv - 2011-09-21 14:52

      Corliah why dont you sshhh deary because if you believe that dogs just attack for the hell of it then you are seriously misguided and should rather be quiet then show your ignorance.

      corliah - 2011-09-21 14:52

      Another issue.... so what if the child did taunt the dog, is it ok that he got hurt so bad and would have been killed if the boerboel did not save him?? He will suffer and carry the physical and emotional scars for the rest of his life. Dogs can also be psychotic and there is a good chance he will attack again.

      ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ - 2011-09-22 00:33

      Viv, yes, dog DO attack just for the hell of it. Dogs, like people, can be a$$holes sometimes.

      MoaningMan - 2011-09-23 10:06

      Viv, you are wrong. I like walking and often dogs will run to the fence and yap and bark for no reason at all Some dogs will attack for no reason whatsoever - perhaps they have rabies, are starving, made aggressive by their owner

  • SiyaPhambile - 2011-09-21 12:06

    I have a 100kg Male Boerboel. Best dog that I have ever had. So good with kids, I can believe that this happened. But REAL Boerboels.... not bull mastiffs.

      CPII - 2011-09-21 12:39

      Boerboels aren't that big. You must have mongrel. I will believe a 100kg dog when I witness it being weighed in person.

      CPII - 2011-09-21 15:58

      For all the "thumbs down". 100kgs are TWO bags of cement. Come on guys, who are you trying to fool?

      Flee - 2011-09-22 09:00

      CPII... There are actually quite a few breeds that can weigh in at over 100. St Bernards, Pyrenees Mountain dogs, Boerbulls, Bull Mastives and even Great Danes... Shew your intelligent hey... My Rott is small and he weighs in close to 70 kg's

      CPII - 2011-09-22 13:22

      Give me facts Flee, not thumbsucks. Go Google: Boerboel weight: 50 - 80kgs. Rottweiler: 50 - 58 kgs. Pyrenean Mountain Dog: 50 - 54 kgs. Caucasian Shepherd: 50 up, Great Dane: 54 up. Pit Bull: 14 to 41 kg. I personally would like to witness a 100kg dog being weighed before I will believe it! Shew, not so intelligent are you now...

      Flee - 2011-09-22 15:51

      CPII... I then suggest you go and park your little snot lorry at Onderstepoort, and wait for all the big doggies to walk past so you can watch them being weighed... The figures you have quoted, all based on nutritional guides from the back of dog food packaging. and most of which are an average guesstimate of which breed should weigh.. Not every dog weighs exactly the same amount as the bag it eats out of... so C P-off 2 you too...

      Point Blank - 2011-09-22 16:19

      I too want to see 100Kg Boerbul... I have a cross Boerbul Great Dane, a massive frigging dog and he only weighs in a 70 Kg..

      CPII - 2011-09-23 13:27

      Flee, stop calling me names and give facts. Where can I view evidence of such a mystical beast...if you can't provide evidence, stop talking BS.

  • Annie - 2011-09-21 12:10

    No Sarecen, you of the charming words - i take care to treat strange dogs with respect and love my own and treat them well. something unknown to you, no doubt. i pity you, you sound v unhappy.

  • Darren - 2011-09-21 12:14

    makes me miss my Boerbull even more…she was stolen from us.

      corliah - 2011-09-21 13:57

      Sorry Darren... I despise ppl who steal or poisen dogs

  • Great White - 2011-09-21 12:15

    Boerbulls are the meneers of the dog world. Pitbulls may be stronger but boerbulls are fearless.

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-21 12:27

      Sorry but there is no contest between a pitbull and boerbull. A boerbull is only half a dog.

      CPII - 2011-09-21 12:42

      Pitbulls. Gmmmff. Dogs bred with worms in their heads to feed the egos of their loser owners.

      Flee - 2011-09-21 16:40

      Great White.. There is a fine line between fearless and just plain stoopid.. LOL .. ;-)

  • 1eye - 2011-09-21 12:21

    Glad the kids ok, saved by a ibhunubull, ironic

  • Jason - 2011-09-21 12:22

    Yip and we will continue with racism, nice 1.

  • - 2011-09-21 12:26

    Putting the animal down isn't the answer. We happily kill animals that attack people but we believe rapist and murderers can be reformed, which for the most part they cannot. Re-training a dog is far easier than rehabilitating a criminal. The owners of the pets should be put on a registry that would prevent them from owning dogs again. Simple

  • jilli13 - 2011-09-21 12:34

    Wheres the Dog Whisperer when you need him... he reabilitates dogs and TRAINS HUMANS!!!!.... My prayers go out to the little boy and his parents, the Boerbull needs a medal and a his owners a pat on the back, the my heart breaks for the bullterrier, i believe his owners should be put down or at least charged for neglect.. you cannot own a working dog without training it properly,and for HEAVENS SAKE KEEP YOUR GATES CLOSED!!!

  • nicky.oelofse - 2011-09-21 12:35

    I Own a AMSTAFF and she interacts great with children of all ages.It is not the breed of dog.It comes down to the training the dog recieved. My heart goes out the little boy and his family.

  • LindiBleu - 2011-09-21 12:38

    Fact: kids find it hilarious to taunt dogs. Fact:it does not occur to kids that some other kid might pay for their fun. Fact: this does not justify dog trying to kill kid. give th boerbol a bone. n a hug.

  • RacingShark - 2011-09-21 12:39

    What I dont understand is why owners are allowed to let their dogs loose like this. Personally all dogs running loose should be picked up and taken away.

  • CP10 - 2011-09-21 12:44

    If the dog is trained correctly and looked after it wont just attack family in our prays and hope the child is going to be ok

  • Honest Dude - 2011-09-21 12:44

    Boerboel wins. Bullterrier fails.

  • Jon - 2011-09-21 12:44

    Absolutely disgraceful that they are putting down the dog!! ridiculous!!!!

      Guy McLaren - 2011-09-23 09:17

      Jon It's disgraceful that you are so stupid innit?

  • d-v-8`r - 2011-09-21 12:46

    ok i have a pitbull terrier which is crossed with a jack russell - so it jumps as high as a jack russell but bites like a pitbull... she has never been to obedience or training school, but in 3 years has bitten nobody (except when she grabs my wrists and clothes when i get home every day)... even kids teasing her doesnt set her off... its not the dog thats the problem - its the kids and their parents.. i think kids and parents need to go to common sense school - you will never (maybe 1 in 10 million only) find a dog who will attack you unprovoked.. what are the chances..

      petra.nicol - 2011-09-21 13:07

      Jack Russell x Pit.... interesting combination.... :)

  • draadsitter - 2011-09-21 12:55

    Boerbulls were selectively bred to protect humans. The controversy come when they protect humans from other humans - or incorrectly interpret something as a threat.

      Louis - 2011-09-21 15:42

      i guess the one that grabbed the ouma when she fell on the stairs was trying to protect her from herself...hehe,,,got nuttin against boerboele- lovely dogs but u get a mongrel in all species

  • tanya.santokruss - 2011-09-21 12:59

    Please inform how the boy is doing in hospital will he be okay?

  • FM150 - 2011-09-21 12:59

    Its the dog owners fault, not the breed! Any dog can be rahabilitated in good time! Unfortunate event that could of been prevented, and like normal, the dog gets the blame!

  • Melanie - 2011-09-21 13:05

    Poor boy!!!! What a luck that the boerboel saved his life! I have one myself and i know it would safe my families life, but it is very special that this dog saved the life of a strainge child!!! Great dog! But stil - what a tragedy for the boy!!!

  • dfaurie - 2011-09-21 13:06

    It's spelled Boerboel. Sigh.

      Ollie - 2011-09-21 14:43

      Sigh!!! so someone spelt incorrectly

      Lizzee - 2011-09-21 23:21

      @Ollie - several someones, actually.

  • BeautifulEden - 2011-09-21 13:10

    i think people shouldn't be allowed to have vicious dogs without a proper licence and enclosed space. its like having a gun without a licence, isn't it?

  • kevin - 2011-09-21 13:23

    He said a charge of keeping a dangerous dog was being investigated against the owners. How pathetic. The dog was signed over to the SPCA and would be put down. The right choice but it is also possible the child teased the dog.

  • Cecile - 2011-09-21 13:31

    What's the boerbull's name please???

      Marete Marete - 2011-09-21 13:36

      Hi Cecile, the boerbull's name is Cecil. Masculinity.

      Robbie - 2011-09-21 13:37

      The boerbull's name is Boer.

      Reinier - 2011-09-21 16:23

      The boerboel's name is Johannes Martinus van Schalkwyk.

  • Paulus - 2011-09-21 13:40

    My rottweiler's best friend is a bullterrier and alsation (all seperate owners). He loves the boerbull/great dane mix down the street. The neighbours have a lab and a poodle stupid something (both family friendly breeds) - they will attack anything/anyone if their gate opens. My rottie runs out the gate to play with the kids in the street. Point is, if you have a dangerous breed - train it well, otherwise forget it. If you have a non-dangerous breed - train it well, or it will bite. I believe owners should be responsible for their dogs' actions. Be responsible, get the right dog, train it, care for it, dicipline it, exercise it, and then love it. I know so many people that can't walk their dogs (big and small) because they cant handle them. The rottie weighs more than my wife, but she can walk him no problem!

      Flee - 2011-09-21 13:54

      Sooo true Paulus.. may people will buy a pet without knowing how to bring up that particular breed, they assume a dog is a dog... Rotts need a dominant figure, to show them who is boss, once that is ascertained, usually while still a puppy the Rott will be devoted to the family unit. Other breeds such as chihuahua's and foxy's are one man /woman people and generally become over protective and aggressive to anyone but their master. That is why you will often find them fighting other dogs that actually live with them.. Different dogs need different packs ... Oh BTW my rott weighs more than me, but insists on sitting on my lap, and i can control him no prob..

      Ollie - 2011-09-21 14:44

      Don't let your Rottie out the gate!!

  • Michelle - 2011-09-21 13:41

    i have 2 yorkies and they get annoyed when the kids in the complex tease them!

  • Amanda Watson - 2011-09-21 13:42

    "As sad as it is, any dog that attacks an unprovoking human should be put down." What utter rubbish. Rather shoot the original owner than kill the pet for its owners stuffup. Why is okay to kill the pet but not the human? Because human life is more valuable? How has this pet 'owner' demonstrated that he/she is a responsible, caring, pet owner with his/her pets interest at heart? I don't think the owner has done this at all. Re-home the animal with someone who gives a damn, the SPCA is too quick on the trigger.

      Megan - 2011-09-21 14:15

      A lot of it depends on the AGE of a dog. An elderly dog that has learnt aggression through mistreatment usually cannot be rehabilitated. You're exceptionally quick to blame the SPCA for being "too quick on the trigger". Do you not believe for a second that a lot of their reasoning comes from sound, proven knowledge. An animal that attacks without provacation once will beyond any shadow of a doubt do it again. I'm certainly not saying that the owners should not be held responsible, and as soon as it's legal to put the owners down too I'll be the first in line to pull the trigger. As I said, it's very sad but with the complete lack of control regarding breeding and ownership of animals it will always be the animal who is to blame. As I have also stated, we do not know the full story, there is always the chance that this dog had being teased/taunted or abused on a daily basis by kids walking past. If that is the case, then the KIDS should be held responsible for what happened.

  • SweetApple - 2011-09-21 13:43

    Makes me remember the time when we were babysitting an adult male pitbull for friends. We have 2 female jack russells and a male maltese, who was a real porn star because he was always trying to jump the girls(the kack russells). Now the sad part comes - and don't know how it happened but the pitbull had the maltese by the neck - flung him around until the neck broke. And all this time my girls were fighting the pitbull to let the poodle go. Unfortunately it was too late but the pitbull eventually let the poodle out of his mouth - the girls dragged the poodle to the sand play area. My neighbour witnessed the entire incident and was glad I never had to see anything - she said I would not have been able to handle it - but just seeing it in my minds eye is terrible

      Flee - 2011-09-21 13:56

      Sweet apple were either of the males neutered, and were any of the females in heat??

  • Denzolator - 2011-09-21 13:44

    look here mr/mrs WHITE RHINO, this is not a matter you can make fun out of ok? pls lets improve nd knw what we can make fun out of, because 1 day this might happen to u or some 1 close to u, so will u like a comment of this nature?

  • PetJac - 2011-09-21 13:54

    TO PUT THE DOG DOWN IS INSANE.People do tease dogs and then cry when they get bitten.There is more to this story than meets the eye. You need a dog to protect your property from the ANC. Why don't they put the TAXI DRIVERS DOWN?????

      Megan - 2011-09-21 14:19

      I fail to see how either the ANC or Taxi drivers have anything to do with this story. I fail to see how an attack from a dog outside of it's property can be regarding as the dog protecting it's owner from anything when the owner wasn't even there. IF this was an unprovoked attack, then the dog needs to be put down. If, however, this dog was traumatised on a daily basis by stupid little children then of course that is a completely different matter. Further than that, please keep your completely IRRELEVANT comments to yourself.

  • morag.steyn - 2011-09-21 14:03

    I do not get this! no all of a sudden its its the owners fault for keeping a dangerous dog!!! whats next! Its how the dog has been brought up! I do not feel that this is fair! People should apply for permits to have children and pets because it seems like both parties cant control their responsibilities ie. the child and the dog!

      Lizzee - 2011-09-21 23:23

      What's with all the "!!!"? Please explain how the child (or his parents) had to control his responsibility. Were you there?

      Denise - 2012-06-08 08:01

      The gate was open - that makes it the owners fault.

  • Edynot - 2011-09-21 14:08

    Denzolator - Get bent prick. Go sulk and forward your "Pray for the little girl with the tit on her forehead in Zambie" email to someone, so that the entire world can be annoyed with how completely retarded you are.