Dog grabs boy, 3, by the neck

2012-03-06 09:13

Cape Town - A toddler is in a serious condition after a Rottweiler grabbed him by the neck and mauled him in Belhar in Cape Town, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that 3-year-old Lincoln Nimmerhuidt and his stepfather were walking to the doctor on Sunday to be treated for chickenpox when they passed the dog.

The dog ran out of Perseverance Secondary School, which it apparently guarded, grabbed the boy and tried to drag him to the school.

"It grabbed him by the back of the neck and would not let go of him. I threw myself on to it but it did not want to bite me," stepfather Uzent Links told the newspaper.

The toddler was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery for injuries to his head, face and body.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said the dog was put down by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

A case of letting a dangerous dog stray was opened against the unnamed security company operating at the school.

  • Amanda - 2012-03-06 09:23

    You might find that kids at the school had taunted or hurt the dog...

      Hallo - 2012-03-06 09:47

      You might find the that dog is mental and grabbed the kid by the throat to hurt him. ??????

      Max - 2012-03-06 10:13

      Amanda, I am a dog lover with two dogs. There is no excuse for what this dog has done, it must be put down. If you keep a powerful breed of dog you will know what I am talking about, you get bad dogs just as you get bad people and dog owners.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 11:59

      Taunted or not, a Rotweiller should not be allowed to run free, If trained well they are the most obedient animals, however most just train them to be aggressive to ANYBODY Not the child's fault, but the owner and the handler

  • Paula - 2012-03-06 09:28

    A dog is killed shame because of human selfishness....Breaks my heart to see innocent animals(it is instinct to react) get killed for their actions yet far more dangerous crimainals incl politicians gets away with everythin....

      JasonEye - 2012-03-06 09:47

      Im sorry but that dog attacked a small child that was no threat to it. That is a dangerous animal that should be put down. The dog belonged to the security company hired to patrol the school, so it was probably trained to be vicious. Sorry trained is not the right word, brought up to be vicious with out the controls of training.

      Sandy - 2012-03-06 15:47

      Paula how can you say shame that the dog is killed, what about that poor child fighting for his life, sorry no offense, these dogs are dangerous....

      Mariska Kruger - 2013-03-25 15:58

      idiotic. Instinct to kill a toddler ? They're domesticated pets, not wolves !

  • ZingZang - 2012-03-06 09:32

    Don't shoot the dog! Shoot the owner of the dog! Even if the dog was trained to guard, it had no reason to attack a toddler.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-06 09:36

    City bylaws are very clear on dogs and the requirements of owning a dog, charge anyone who's dog injurers another person with Assault or attempted murder or even murder. Dog owners must realize that they are fully culpable for anything their pets do.

  • Janice - 2012-03-06 09:41

    Very sad story!! Hope the little one makes a full recovery!!!

      Amanda - 2012-03-06 10:03

      jes i really hope so to.shame poor boy.i will pray for u continiously.

  • Marion - 2012-03-06 09:46

    So sorry to hear about your horrific ordeal Lincoln. I pray that your wounds heal without scarring. May you receive therapy to help you to cope with the psychological wounds this traumatic incident has caused.

  • Philip - 2012-03-06 09:55

    Punish the owners of that Rottweiler!

  • Gary - 2012-03-06 10:04

    no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owner!!

      Max - 2012-03-06 10:28

      Gary, you obviously know nothing about dogs. You get dogs with really bad behavioral traits and it is genetic.

      Kevin - 2012-03-06 10:45

      Gary -Then you put them down or secure them.

      Janice - 2012-03-06 10:50

      Rottweillers are known to be aggressive, and yes, I have owned one, and no, I didnt have him put down. But I kept him secure and away from other people!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:05

    I have been 'owned' by magnificent Rottweilers for the greater part of my life. Being a Rottie owner comes with an enormous amount of responsibility, dedicationa and commitment to the dog, and his/her specific needs. A Rottie needs ongoing training(positive reinforcement only), regular (as in DAILY) exercise, both mental and physical, and MOST importantly - a Rottie needs to be with his/her people, living as a full member of the family - end of. Many fools want to own and 'dominate' this magnificent breed........with tragic outcomes(mostly for the animals). My heart weeps for this animal, and for the child - BOTH of whom are innocent in this tragedy. A little off subject: but my plea for the day is: Please don't take ownership of a Rottie if you aren't prepared to take on the HUGE commitment that comes with it - a Rottie is not and will never be a labrador, and to be honest, Rottweilers(as a breed) only deserve the VERY best (the breed has been through enough at the hands of ignorant humans....*(^*&$$$@@@### - that's me SWEARING at humans)

      GonA - 2012-03-06 12:00

      Well said Saffa!!! But it goes for most breeds - Labbies, border collies, JRs -name the breed- , maybe they are not aggresive breeds, but each has it's own needs... many people can not handle a busy Husky or border collie - what happens? SPCA or other shelter. People should research a breed before you get the dog, and once you have an animal- take responsibility for that animal!!

      thabo.mabotsa - 2012-03-06 13:18

      i feel said for the child , I pray he will be okay , rottweilers are wonderful dogs , they just need lots of love and care , IT is irresponsible and criminal for the gate not to have been closed , my rottweiler never goes to the street as i keep all my gates under lock and key at ALL TIMES

      Stray - 2012-03-06 20:54

      Saffa knows what he's dealing with. Rottweilers require more attention than most young working people can give. They do best with mature, responsible owners.

      Lauren - 2012-03-07 22:51

      Saffa, your sentimental words "owned by" tells me exactly what they are. These dogs are domineering and unpredictable and the breed should be discontinued along with Pitbulls and Dobermans to name a few. I've never trusted them and never will. One can see in their eyes exactly what they are, vicious killers.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-03-06 10:09

    Very disturbing news:( Hope the boy recovers 100%. Someone needs to be held responsible for this, its not enough that the dog was put to sleep.

  • Terrence - 2012-03-06 10:10

    "no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owner!!", this is not true. Dogs have personalities and temperaments just like humans. So you can get a dog with a nasty temperament, this might be typical of the breed or just that particular dog. Can't comment on the dog in question, but most dogs will do what their owners want them to do , so if I trained my pitbull to bite people he would . Doesn't make him or his breed bad.Hope the kiddo doesn't having lasting scars of any kind.

  • JJ - 2012-03-06 10:10

    What kind of punishment does "letting a dangerous dog stray" carry? Rubbish man, a case of attempted murder should be opened against the owners and trainers of this company. People need to be help essence something similar to vicarious liability should apply in these cases. Get well soon little guy!!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-06 10:14

    It must be put down. It's a danger to the kids at that Primary School.

  • Shadley - 2012-03-06 10:17

    @Amanda that is probably the most retarded comment I have ever heard in my life! You might find that Martians landed on earth and kicked the dog... so what! While we at it lets get the dog a lawyer! A 3 year old was bitten in the neck by a dangerous dog who was allowed to roam around freely for heavan's sake!!!! Have a heart!!! What if it was your 3 year old?

      strangerthingshavehappened - 2012-03-06 11:48

      The point, Shadley, is that the humans who are responsible for the dog's aggression and the dog being allowed to roam free should be held accountable and should be punished to the maximum extent of the law, or more harsh laws be put in place and enforced. Most people who keep animals should not be allowed to. Most people never take the needs of the creatures and the responsibility involved seriously and this is an example of the result.

  • budmoto - 2012-03-06 10:17

    Amazing... the animals always pay the ultimate price for human stupidity.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-06 10:19

    Another animal failed by a human abd had to pay the ultimate price!

  • Kelly - 2012-03-06 10:23

    People should discipline their animals and I feel that an animal cannot be held liable. Fine, the pet is dangerous, but who's responsibility is it to make sure that pet is kept away from people/children? The owner! I think people should take and accept responsibility. Dangerous dogs on most cases are the way they are due to owners raising them to be aggresive. The exact principle that applies to people raising their kids; that principle should apply to their pets as well. What a shame that the dog had to be put down!

  • Courtly Monare - 2012-03-06 10:26

    ja, it is unfathomable when a life of a dog so called rare breed comes first to a life of human being. shame!

      GonA - 2012-03-06 12:04

      Rare breed?

      godesha - 2012-03-06 12:37

      Courtly, Rottweilers are not a rare breed at all and the dog was put down. What are you talking about?

  • NicolaVanAss - 2012-03-06 10:28

    I just hope they don't put this dog down. If he's trained as a guard dog, the company/owner is responsible.

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-06 10:39

      The dog was put down by the SPCA...its in the article.

      Janice - 2012-03-06 10:51

      Read properly...Nicola

      Ryan - 2012-03-06 11:34

      You can read, right?

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-06 10:29

    Last week I hand delivered flyers around my neighbourhood to start a Ratepayers association and was confronted multiple time by very aggressive dogs 2 of whom had a go at me, but I was prepared - I had my stun gun with me which sorted them out chop chop. The vast majority of owners are irresponsible and should be imprisoned. I really feel sorry for the postman - what a job from hell.

  • Lisa - 2012-03-06 10:33

    All vicious dog breeds should be put down. it is un-necessary to own animals like that! Most people do not think (or care) about small children who get attacked by these stupid monstrous dogs!! They should be banned.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:49

      @Lisa - It is your 'special brand' of ignorance that incites people to mass hysteria. The Rottweiler's history is a proud and noble one. If you want to talk about 'mans best friend', read up on the Rottie, before you spew this absolute dribble on a public forum. Folk like you are FAR more dangerous than ANY Rottweiler I have encountered...EVER. PS: My 6 month old Rottie pup is quite possibly ALREADY more intelligent than I know for a fact HE would not use a picture of his child as his Facebook profile pic (talk about pretecting the 'small children' as you allude to...) Tsk tsk.

      Lisa - 2012-03-06 11:08

      oh blah blah Saffa! u "dog lovers" are all the same! and saying a freakin 6month old animal is more intelligent than me is "absolute dribble" as u would say lol. Tsk tsk yourself! i can put whatever profile pic i want, what are u gonna do about it!!!!!? What exactly do u think is going to happen because i have a photo of my child as my profile pic, hey??

      mandivb - 2012-03-06 11:22

      Lisa, you are so right! Lets ban all dogs! And cats for that matter, so they can stop scratching kids. And toys, so our kids can stop choking on it. Oh and cars as well, seeing as those things are death traps! And microwave ovens - with all that radiation it gives off. And lets carpet the whole world while we're at it. This unfortunate and sad case is because of idiot irresponsible dog owners not knowing how to train and treat a large breed dog. And anyway, what exactly do you see as a vicious dog breed?? Do you know how many kids are bitten by cute and cuddly little poodles? Get off your high horse and join the real world.

      Wayne - 2012-03-06 11:25

      That's such a good idea Lisa! And while we're at it, why don't we get all the vicious species of animals of the world that have harmed humans and put them down, the lions, tigers, snakes, crocodiles, Cassowaries, spiders, rhino, elephants, donkeys etc - they're son un-necessary!

      budmoto - 2012-03-06 11:38

      wow... Lisa I'm guessing this is a story very close to your heart. We cannot generalise and blame all rottweilers, just like we cannot blame all humans for the sins of a few. If that were the case, SA would be sparsely inhabited country. Dogs are as vicious as they are trained to be and training is not specifically, " sit, stay & rollover". Training is constant with these breeds as with other working dogs. Neglect them, chain them up & taunt them, encourage their physical prowess and they WILL try to dominate any situation but be that as it may - their behaviour is a direct result of their owners neglect or very specific intent.

      Hugo - 2012-03-06 11:39

      Some countries have done so already

      Ryan - 2012-03-06 11:40

      Nice thinking Lisa!! By that logic we should get rid of all things that has harmed us humans. Do you know which mammal is the biggest killer in the world? Not hippos, not lions, not are! We are the problem, and we need to be corrected, educated or put to sleep. NOT the animals.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 11:50

      @Lisa - you continue to exhibit the type of ignorance I can only call "special". You sound very immature and emotional as well, so there is no point in taking this discussion further. (Are you 15? Most of what you have written, and the manner in which you have written it seems to signal that?)

      Schmee - 2012-03-06 11:54

      I think some people should be banned from having kids.

      glenis.abrahams - 2012-03-06 12:16

      Lisa Lisa Lisa my dear the poor dog he did not get the rigth training from his owners if they done the training with the dog he would never in his life atack a small boy take it from me i got 2 rotties and got 2 kids and they like family to me if he is trained to kill that is what he will do and if he is trained properly he can sense from far if that person want to cause trouble or something bad that is one thing our humans dont have so keep your funny comments to yourself and to the child that was atacked and the parents keep on praying because the Lord will Take care of him he got reason for everything happening in our lifes May God keep him safe and i will keep him in my prayers also

      godesha - 2012-03-06 12:40

      Yes Lisa, and while we are busy putting the vicious animals down, how about putting down all the agressive humans too? Humans kill more humans than what animals do.

      Schmee - 2012-03-06 13:14

      Godesha, I absolutely agree with you and I get the impression Lisa is aggressive.

      Lisa - 2012-03-07 09:16

      oooooooooo yes!!!! i'm so aggressive!!! haha don't be ridiculous!! i just don't like the fact that people obviously can't control their vicious animals! u people are WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too sensitive!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-06 10:43

    Irresponsible owners and now a Boys life is altered forever.Why are people still allowed to keep Rottweilers and Pitbulls. There should be a special license for big dogs where your home is inspected for the necessary safety measures.

      budmoto - 2012-03-06 11:03

      Special license would be a great idea, but who would police it?

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-06 11:10

      This wasn't a family was a security company's guard dog. Guarding some school

      Chris - 2012-03-06 12:07

      Plus the perspective owners should be screened and be made aware that any cockups with the dog.They will be put down!!!!

      Debbi - 2012-03-06 13:45

      Dog licenses in general are on their way back. Did you know that the dog most aggressive dog is....wait for it...the Dachshund (sausage dog) and second is the Chihuahua. Stop giving big dogs a bad is the case with ALL dogs, it is the way they are brought up which will determine whether they are dangerous or not. So blame the IDIOT HUMAN not the dog.

      Mary - 2012-03-06 16:14

      Paralegal, I tend to agree. At my 4-month-old Rottweiler's puppy school everybody is great friends except for one very agressive Dachshund puppy. Fortunately it does seem as if its anti-socialism can be trained out of it.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-06 10:46

    I could cry reading this article. I myself have a three year old son, had it been him I don't think I'd care who is to blame, the bottom line is that a child is going to be permanently scarred for life and that's only if he makes it out alive. It is sad that animals are irresponsibly trained to be so violent and for that the owner has to be held accountable. However, the dog would remain a threat, regardless of who is at fault, and so was appropriately put down for the safety of every passer by. My heart goes out to the poor child's parents and I pray he fully recovers!!

  • kuvaniap - 2012-03-06 10:51

    one reason people shouldn't get dogs in the first place if they are not going to love and look after them #HateThat

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-06 11:15

    For those who NEVER seem to READ the articles they comment on: A. This was not a family pet, it was a guard dog belonging to a security company responsible for guarding Perseverance Secondary School. B. The dog has already been put down by the SPCA so hoping it won't be put down is a tad useless now. Please READ before commenting!!

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-06 11:15

    For those who NEVER seem to READ the articles they comment on: A. This was not a family pet, it was a guard dog belonging to a security company responsible for guarding Perseverance Secondary School. B. The dog has already been put down by the SPCA so hoping it won't be put down is a tad useless now. Please READ before commenting!!

  • budmoto - 2012-03-06 11:17

    Hopefully a law will be passed making the use of dogs illegal by private security companies.

  • elkemeinecke - 2012-03-06 11:24

    Who says that this dog was not provoked by the Toddler. Not accusing or anything, but that can also happen. They walk past, the dark barks and the kid makes funny movements, being happy it can't get to him, and then guess what, the dog gets angry and attacks. Yes, I do agree with most of the people that the poor dog has to suffer cause the owner does not spend time with them. But that is not always the case, it does tend to be in the dogs genes to be aggressive. And yes, you get good and bad dogs, just sometimes difficult to tell when they small. I do hope the Toddler recovers, as we also had an incident where our granddaughter got bitten by a rottweiler, thankfully not that bad, but bad enough.

      Schmee - 2012-03-06 11:59

      I doubt that it's the case with this toddler, but I have often seen people behave badly around dogs. People should also be trained on how to behave around dogs.

  • Debbi - 2012-03-06 11:27

    And once again the dog pays the price for the owner's neglect. Hope the child recovers speedily and gets over the emotional trauma. Wish they would "put down" the blooming owner of the dog though rather than the animal.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-06 11:34

    enough already... wait for some to tell us how wonderful this particular breed is

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 11:57

      That would be me. I will fight for the rights of this magnificent breed until the day I die. If you have never owned, worked with, or lived with a well socialised/well trained/happy Rottie - you would not understand.

      Hugo - 2012-03-06 17:52

      this is the 2nd time this wonderful breed has mauled a toddler.Last time the owner heaped praises on his ' rottie' before it attacked the poor kid.It means parenting should come with gun ownership in SA, otherwise our kids will always be supper to these wonderful dogs

  • Chris - 2012-03-06 11:59

    Where was the guard that was supposed to mind the dog. He/she should have been put down, not the dog.They were probably sleeping under a tree at the time.....Typical

  • Teresa - 2012-03-06 12:21

    Very sad for the little boy but firstly, was it 'really' a rottweiler or was it a mix breed and they are calling it a Rottie because it's black and tan! Secondly, it's about time these so called private security companies are investigated. I've seen situations where security dogs are not treated well so who knows what type of abuse they receive 'behind the scenes'.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 12:27

      Very good point!!! These days every dog with black and tan markings is called a "rottweiler".

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-06 12:34

    I just have one question....why the struggle to free the kid? Was there a bunch of wussies present? I personally have removed a small dog from the jaws of a dog the size of an adult rottweiler who had the little dog in a death grip by it's neck while the owners and bystanders just stood there and screamed. The poor little bugger survived. C'mon men step up to the plate. I would tackle any dog that somehow managed to get to my kids while I am present. Common sense dictates how you do it.

      Barefoot - 2012-03-06 13:20

      Oh the mighty have spoken, give us your number to call you when we have dog problems- maybe you wrestled a stupid weak dog- the fact that the infant is alive means they managed to pull it away. not all dogs are the same.

      reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-06 13:50

      I take it you were one of the wussies present? Let me guess.....your excuse was you were barefoot right? And since we making all kinds of assumptions - you barefoot and brainless right?

  • barbara.volkwyn - 2012-03-06 13:01

    I lived in Belhar for 5 years and I thanked God when I had to move. Belhar residents often let their dogs run loose - and then they are aggressive! Also Belhar residents OFTEN keep their dogs chained on 1-2 metre long ropes/chains and don't give a damn about the heat or water! I lost count of how many times I had to call the SPCA !

  • kerrimg - 2012-03-06 14:04

    my rottwieler was an angle but i was very careful with my kids/other ppl and if we had visitors i will put her at the back. i had a pitbull as well very calm but i would not let my kids alone with them as you dont know what dogs can do. Hope the little one recovers.

  • Caroline - 2012-03-06 14:05

    I am sorry to hear about the little boy, I hope he recovers. I am an owner of a beautiful Male Rottie, and he will probably lick you to death however, they do need education from small, and continues training, not just Rotties - all dogs, as animals just like humans can be unpredictable. We as people need to understand that animals need stimulation and education as we do. Many people do ont bother to educate from small - but if you think about it when you were born you knew nothing you ate, slept and poohed right, as you grew older you got potty trained, learnt to feed yourself and in most homes had to say please and thank you, and all the good stuff that comes with good manners. Same goes for animals - and if we cannot bother to educate an animal who is a pet whom we love then there is a problem. I do ont think it is the dogs fault for attacking it was probably brought up to be aggressive, or it has been frustrated for so long, and who knows maybe the security person was letting it roam not aware the gate(s) were open, this however is still a risk and fault on their part. Many questions needed to be asked here, were the dog on school property by day when there we kids? Did the dog have different people it had to "STAND GAURD" with? I am not making excuses for the soul lost, I believe this was due to human error that this occured. I feel sad for the child who got attacked this should never have happened. Get to know your breed it is important

  • Estelle - 2012-03-06 14:30

    The practice of having a guard dog - which this one apparently was - is CRUEL and irresponsible. Security companies should know better.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-06 17:56

    give me a great dane anytime,big but with an excellent temperament.Keep your killer dogs,just make sure it does not maul anyone in my presence because I will not even wait for SPCA

  • Nomsa Ntuli - 2012-03-07 07:35

    some people don't understand why i'm so terrified of dogs, inja yinja izokuluma, never believe people who say 'don't worry it won't bite' bull...i wish the poor boy will recover, physically & emotionally/mentally

  • Nomsa Ntuli - 2012-03-07 07:35

    some people don't understand why i'm so terrified of dogs, inja yinja izokuluma, never believe people who say 'don't worry it won't bite' bull...i wish the poor boy will recover, physically & emotionally/mentally

  • Nomsa Ntuli - 2012-03-07 07:36

    some people don't understand why i'm so terrified of dogs, inja yinja izokuluma, never believe people who say 'don't worry it won't bite' bull...i wish the poor boy will recover, physically & emotionally/mentally

  • adrian.esterhuizen - 2012-03-07 09:41

    Its easy to say put the dog down when the dog cant speak for itself, isn't it! Criminals rape and murder, but they are human - no death penalty there....

  • Winsome - 2012-03-07 09:48

    I so feel for this little boy; BUT am so tired of reading about animals being put down for being incorrectly trained; put the owner/trainer of this animal in prison for being at fault - it will stop a lot of dog attacks.

  • Lindsay - 2012-03-07 19:53

    My goodness, are we all to blind to see that the dog was merely trying to carry the child back to the school as its job was to guard the children at the school, so actaully the dog was put down for being clever enogh to do his job, only he should really have been on a lead. Imagine getting the death sentence for doing your job properly, thats what this dog got. So sorry for the child, although Im sure the dogs untention was not to harm it but rather carry it like ti would do with its own young instinctively.

  • Virginia - 2012-04-17 15:57

    Agree with Andrew and Jason. Dogs need stimulation, socialization, companionship etc. but.....I firmly believe when outside one's property, it should be on a lead. How else are you going to protect it if another dog tries to attack it? Close to you and fully under control is the only way!

  • Mariska Kruger - 2013-03-25 16:00

    I think the dog and the owners should be shot. All is fair.

  • Pixie Coertzen - 2013-10-07 12:57

    Why put the dog to sleep? The person who was supposed to handle the dog should be put to sleep not the DOG !!

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