Dog attack on Cape Town beach

2012-01-11 18:50

Cape Town - A 2-year-old girl was bitten by a Rottweiler on Clifton main beach on Wednesday, said paramedics.

"We are not sure what happened and why she was bitten, but when paramedics arrived at the beach they found the child in severe pain," said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

"She sustained puncture wounds to her left calf," he said, describing the severity of the injury as moderate.

Visser said a passing doctor attended to the child, who was later taken to the Cape Town Mediclinic.

"We are uncertain what happened to the dog and its owner," he said.

  • Jane Warrington - 2012-01-11 19:05

    As far as I am aware, dogs are not allowed on the Clifton beaches during the day.

  • sean.looney - 2012-01-11 19:25

    move along please. there is nothing to see here.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-11 19:28

    Most of the time its because they do something stupid like pull its tail (I know rottweilers rarely have tails - this is an example). However if the kid was minding her own business that dog needs to be put down before it does this again. The owner probably ran off because she didn't want the parents of the child to call for the dog to be destroyed.

      Anthony - 2012-01-11 19:49

      Johhhhhhhhhhh, some people can talk a lot of s..t !!! "This is an example"

      Gavin - 2012-01-11 20:11

      Rather not speculate!!!!!!!!

      roger.pacey - 2012-01-11 20:18

      Apparently, cropping of Rottweiler tails is no longer practised. A friend of mine wanted a litter's tails cropped about 3 years ago and the vet refused. The animal that bit could well have had a long tail

      Michelle - 2012-01-12 10:28

      @roger - vets are no longer allowed to crop tail but breeders are, therefore you may still find dogs with cropped tails.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-11 19:59

    Dogs are only permitted on a leash during winter months only, the sign at the beach entrance is very clear on this.

      Jane Warrington - 2012-01-11 20:32

      Thanks Pierre. That is what I thought. So why was the dog on the beach!!!

      Anthony - 2012-01-11 21:48

      @Jane, I am going to sleep now, I will ask the dog tomorrow !!

  • Christopher - 2012-01-11 20:13

    its pathetic how people dont keep there dogs on a lead fine the owner

  • Evan Summerson - 2012-01-11 20:37

    Owner is lucky it wasn't my little one nipped, he would have got a kick in the butt.

      Ashley - 2012-01-12 09:51

      @Peter, you are as thick as a garden chair and a wanker buddy. Carefull what you say on these forums..............Pasop my skat, my hond is lus vir jou, start running!!!!

  • Alice - 2012-01-12 06:14

    Can anyone recommend a news site that doesn't major in sensasionalism?

      Greg - 2012-01-12 08:06

      They don't exist... sensasionalism gets people online.

  • charles.coelho - 2012-01-12 06:53

    Any news on the run away owner and dog?

  • coetzee - 2012-01-12 08:15

    If I bite the dog would I be put down as well?

  • jcadman3 - 2012-01-12 10:02

    Rotties are generally NOT aggressive dogs … and would only “attack” if teased or provoked. As much as staring at a dog is teasing it …. I do hope the little girl is ok, but if she did do something to cause this I blame her parents.

      reza.daniels1 - 2012-01-12 11:22

      A 2-year-old frolicking on the beach in the heart of summer sounds about right to me. A Rottweiler even on a leash does not. As far as I am concerned there is nothing a toddler can do to "provoke" an attack so that is a moot point. It is for all intents and purposes a baby after all. If it was my kid I would have put that dog down right there and then. Dogs don't belong on crowded beaches. It is a preventable accident waiting to happen.

  • Lindi - 2012-01-12 10:09

    I would just like say that NO dog will bite unprovoked!!! there is so much tell tail signs that the dog give long before he even bites As far as i know the dog was on lead - thus where was the child parents? The dog is impounded and would probably be put to sleep. A lot of people approach people with dogs that is on lead - please remember always ask "may I approach your dog"? I feel sorry for the dog and the child it's probably the owners fault he does not know how to read his dog

      Robbie - 2012-01-12 10:30

      Well said Lindi

      Ben - 2012-01-12 11:26

      So what you are saying is that the onus rests on a 2 year old that only recently learnt to walk or talk to ask permission to approach a dog! Puh-lease!

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:28

      Lindi, I really think that you are lying to yourself. You do get dogs that will just attack with no reason. They could be trained to attack or just very fearful dogs. I help with breading of dogs and see this almost everyday. I knew a guy that had a labrador, witch is usually very well behaved dogs that will attack anyone with black shoes that enters his home. What do you say about that?

      Ryno - 2012-01-12 11:53

      Lindi, you don't know what you are talking about.You get vicious dogs that will attack for the sake of it. The way they were brought up or the breed I suppose. I remember in paticular of a Alsation in our road that use to torment the kids whenever they were out thier yard.

  • zanfre - 2012-01-12 10:55

    Again the poor dog will be blamed where the blame should firstly be put on the owner of the dog and secondly on parents of the child. It does not say whether the dog was on or off lead (rumour has it that the dog was on lead). Why did the child's parents allow their child to interact with a dog on lead and why did the dog owner allow this interaction. Again a case of irresponsible dog owners that make life tough for us responsible dog owners :-(

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:28

      Just shoot the owners of the dogs!

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 11:28

      Problem solved!

      coetzee - 2012-01-12 14:02

      Shoot the 2 that gave me a thumbs down!

  • Leigh de Beer - 2012-01-12 15:10

    Lindi it's a 2 year old kid or can't you read. There are signs to look out for, or what do you think the owner is supposed to do, go " oh my dog looks vicious today let's ignore the signs and well let's see what happens..." Hell this place is full of thick people.

  • spence.she - 2012-01-13 10:43

    I have personally dealt with the Owner of this dog he is the so called Dog Whisper (James Lech) this is not the first time his dog has attacked a small child view article with video here This shows the truth. Second he charges a massive fee for his service and it is all a big con he is a fake and should be held responsible for what has happened TWICE!!!!!!

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