Man dies in freak dog leash accident

2012-06-11 12:27

Port Elizabeth - A man has died in a freak accident after a dog leash draped around his neck became entangled in his car and broke his neck.

Beeld reported that Rob Emslie, 39, had recently lost his favourite dog, Sheevah.

Emslie got a new dog, and went to eat at the Butterfield restaurant in Kragga Kamma.

It would appear that when Emslie left the restaurant, he was unaware of closing the car door on part of the leash. When he reversed, the lead became tangled up in the wheel and broke his neck.

A passer-by the next morning noticed the new dog jumping in and out of the car through an open window and upon investigating, found Emslie’s body.

The dog had stayed at his side the whole night.

The police confirmed the incident.

- An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Emslie was 47 instead of 39, and that he was wearing his previous dog's collar around his neck. His new dog did not disappear after the incident.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-06-11 12:32

    freak accident. Pun intended.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-06-11 13:01

      Some people just love and have incredible bonds with their animals, no need to call him a freak...

      francois.viljoen.12 - 2012-06-11 13:09

      @Peter-Peter, Dude he was wearing the animals collar...I am pretty sure the last time I checked, that is not normal behavior!

      tannie.marie - 2012-06-11 13:12

      The dog collar killed him before his mates could kill him for sniffing their butts ;)

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-06-11 13:14

      Ok, let me put this in more 'socially acceptable' terms DARWIN AWARD!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-06-11 13:15

      There is no such word as 'normal' (after all, who is to say what 'normal' is?). no 1, and no. 2, im a huge dog lover...fair enough the leash was a little weird, but what type of leash was it? was it one that couldnt be separated from the collar etc? his dog was obviously his best my dog is my best friend...some people just show their sadness in different ways.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-11 13:26

      Peter-Peter - dude, im sorry. there's a love for an animal & then there's this. this is just weird... sux that he died, but its still weird.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-06-11 13:28

      lol, yeah it is a little weird...but i still feel sorry for the guy

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-06-11 13:52

      After reading plenty of comments here, I can safely presume the following: 1. I am incapable of cracking a joke about such a tragic death especially knowing this man has friends and loved ones who might read these comments. 2. I am glad I am not one of these loved ones because it is a very bizarre departure to say the very least. 3. I have removed my collar the moment I read this story. Guess my wife will just have to trust me…

      Janice - 2012-06-11 14:02

      Its weird enough to wear the dogs collar, but the lead too??? Fettish perhaps!!!???

  • lydonmcg - 2012-06-11 12:35

    He was wearing his dog's collar around his neck? Wearing it as an ankle or wrist bracelet would probably have been a little smarter and a whole lot less weird.

  • PumaFred - 2012-06-11 12:36

    I foresee a Darwin Award

      sean.murphy.165 - 2012-06-11 12:58

      Very apropriate. It was Darwin who said: "The tree of life is self pruning".

  • TheRev - 2012-06-11 12:37


      Glyn - 2012-06-11 14:36

      Revs wear dog collars too! Just be careful!

  • twentyfivemay.afrika - 2012-06-11 12:46

    This is worse than crazy, guess the old dog is laughin @ him in the afterlife

      Josiah - 2012-06-11 12:57

      Yes i agree with you.Probably laughing shuu!! What a day for such a mistake.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-06-11 12:49

    Shame Rob, wasted human life for dog

  • hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 12:51

    I think it is better that our friend passed... before he hurt someone else or maybe be stuck with a hospital bill that he will surely have had to pay for the rest of his life... atleast he is with his dog now. I hate to sound like a troll, but this made my day.

      TheRev - 2012-06-11 13:14

      A shaggy-dog story at best. Rather let sleeing dogs lie. He must have been sick as a dog. This story is all bark and no bite. Gie a dog a bad name. Actually, after all this, I am now dog-tired of this.

      Glyn - 2012-06-11 14:39

      Hey Rev! Are you still wearing your dog collar? With the lead or not?

  • Bryan - 2012-06-11 12:51

    He was barking up the wrong tree...

      sean.murphy.165 - 2012-06-11 12:56

      More like Barking mad.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 13:10

      C'mon guys, this is no barking matter :-)

      Kala - 2012-06-11 13:25

      Did you guys unleash your inner humour. Said in jest, don't get hot under the collar.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 13:34

      He should have gotten snuff in the nose that something was going to happen if you walk around with a collar, every dog has it's day.

      Glyn - 2012-06-11 14:40

      Give the man a Bob Martins!

  • John - 2012-06-11 12:51

    Collar, okay. I get that. Leash? WTF?

  • maxui - 2012-06-11 12:52

    Darwin award candidate

  • - 2012-06-11 12:54

    Absolutely bizarre!

  • veronica.deanboshoff - 2012-06-11 12:55

    Condolences to the family. I have a feeling we might have been related, I was born Emslie and have a cousin whom I have not seen for 30 years in the Eastern Cape.

      Glyn - 2012-06-11 14:41

      Hope this stuff does not run in the family!

  • Jackson - 2012-06-11 13:02

    come on News 24; you're :Yanking our chains"

  • JJ - 2012-06-11 13:03

    Wow, this belongs on that show "1000 ways to die"... RIP Dude

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-11 13:25

      damn i had the exact same thought. 1000 ways to die for real.

      Rohann - 2012-06-11 14:03

      I love that show!

  • danzelf - 2012-06-11 13:05

    now that's a dog day afternoon

  • Ziggamann - 2012-06-11 13:06

    I think people commit suicide in strange ways these days; driving head on into truck and now blaming it on their dogs to fool their insurance. No wonder his new dog decided not to stick around.

  • NGStevens86 - 2012-06-11 13:07

    Darwin Award Nomination for 2012

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 13:11

      No mate, he has already won and automatically qualifies for the hall of fame.

  • Dakey - 2012-06-11 13:07

    A sad event. Regardless of the circumstances and his good intentions, it is sad when someone's life is taken so suddenly Condolences to the family in this difficult time.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-11 13:29

      do you know the family?

      Dakey - 2012-06-11 14:46

      @E=MC I don't believe I do. I consider him a fellow South African that died a tragic death. Having lost family through tragic events, I am empathise with what his family must be going through. In his case, I find it particularly sad that so many fellow South Africans choose to make light of another man's death, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Jack - 2012-06-11 13:07

    And the Darwin award goes too...

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-11 13:08

    "According to Beeld, the new dog has not been seen since. " After seeing what the guy does with collars, I don't blame the dog for taking to the road.

  • saskiavandongen - 2012-06-11 13:08

    Very abnormal.

  • lulama - 2012-06-11 13:10

    Dude is crazy, wonder if he had a girlfriend

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-11 13:30

      my guess is no!

      riotousr - 2012-06-11 14:59

      She must have been a super beach (spelling corrections welcome)

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-11 13:11

    I have read the comments and I find very little compassion for this poor man but I would lie if I did not at least admit that some of the comments had me in stitches.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-06-11 13:12

    Nuff said!

  • Milton - 2012-06-11 13:12


  • Manu - 2012-06-11 13:16

    Damn! It's like something straight out of 'Final Destination'.

  • shaun.mcneilage - 2012-06-11 13:16

    sad but dumb....

      craig.mackenzie.31 - 2012-06-11 13:30

      A 1000 ways to die! Dog gone!

  • saskiavandongen - 2012-06-11 13:16

    Very abnormal

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2012-06-11 13:21

    The new dog has not been seen since. I would also get the f*** out of there!

  • grant.bullimore - 2012-06-11 13:25

    stupidity can kill...

  • Erna - 2012-06-11 13:27

    He wore it for five weeks!! I love animals, but this is extreme.

  • byron.smith.355744 - 2012-06-11 13:29


  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-06-11 13:37

    It was an act of DOG

  • neil.kroese - 2012-06-11 13:37

    ..and suddenly I feel so much better about myself.Great motivational story to perk up any battered eggshell ego, News24!

  • Dumisani - 2012-06-11 13:40

    find the new dog, it knows something. lol

  • Glyn - 2012-06-11 13:45

    Darwin Award!

  • MSGRule - 2012-06-11 13:46


  • michaels.pies.pasta - 2012-06-11 13:49

    The arrogance & insensitive comments relating to this incident is a mirror of the character within!... Bet you wouldn't all be laughing if it were a member or friend of your families??? Sick people!!!

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 13:54

      I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face at the funeral, that's for sure. I wonder what the priest would say in his sermon? It's a dog-eat-dog world, but rest assured beloved, all dogs go to heaven.

      MSGRule - 2012-06-11 13:58

      @Michaels - thanks you are adding to the humor thereof.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 14:02

      I don't like being potrayed as insensitive Michaels... I have a bone to pick with you lad.

  • Craig - 2012-06-11 13:57

    I can sort of under stand the dog collar but the lead still attached just dangling around.... not very bright.....

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-06-11 14:03

      Give that man a... BONE!!

  • tevashnee.packery - 2012-06-11 13:57

    had he just been wearing the collar MayBe a little less weird but the lead as well.....

  • Tiisetso Lekgetho Sebonego - 2012-06-11 14:04

    sad but weird and stupid

  • Michael - 2012-06-11 14:11

    Shame,he was obviously very emotional attached to the dog.People cant understand this...grated it was stupid to do,but have some sympathy.So much of any story on this news webstite is so sentationalised.

  • Carla - 2012-06-11 14:14

    Yes we love our animals and of course we mourn when we have to have one of them put down, but wearing your deceased animal's collar out in public is just not normal behaviour. RIP

  • Jo - 2012-06-11 14:28

    BWAHAHAHAHA! S&M much bru? Why the hell did he still have the leash on the collar?

  • Siyabonga Mbatha - 2012-06-11 14:28

    well planned and executed suicide. give that man a BELLS!

  • Ted - 2012-06-11 14:46

    Now I surely believe the stories in the tele programme 'A thousand ways to die!'

  • Glyn - 2012-06-11 14:46

    Give the man a Bob Martins!

  • riotousr - 2012-06-11 14:49

    One man and his dog. Anything new? The spirit of the late pet had become jealous of the new one. Beer never complains when you have another beer.

  • Lee - 2012-06-11 14:51

    How does anyone know that he didn't do this delibirately. I mean surely it would have been pulling on his neck if it was hanging out the window and surely he would have felt that it was hanging out the car door if he closed the door on it. Just very difficult to swallow what was concluded to the cause of his death.

      riotousr - 2012-06-11 15:01

      Any mourning animal can do strange things. I have heard of sheep in New Zealand or Australia that jumped of the cliff one by one after they lost a rugby match. Sad indeed.

  • Cindy Mendes - 2012-06-11 14:56

    Shame, I totally understand that it is sooooo hard to let go of our fury-family and I wouldn't want anything to happen to my lil angels, i love them just as much as I love my nun fury family... But Shame this man had a real problem and this isn't normal, maybe he was bipolar or suffered from very bad depression or maybe he just needed people to feel sorry for him and it made him feel like somebody when they did... Well there is a method to his madness and whatever it was I do hope that he finds the peace he was looking for, poor man... RIP dude