Man mauled to death by dogs

2011-06-03 09:13

Johannesburg - A man was mauled to death by bull terriers on a plot in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Thursday evening, paramedics said.

The 51-year-old, who worked on the property, had apparently tried to break up a fight between two males when several other dogs turned on him, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

He died on the scene.

The owner of the dogs was not at home at the time. His wife tried to help the man and was also attacked. She was hospitalised. The extent of her injuries was not known.

About eight of the dogs were kept on the property, in the Nanascol area.

  • Santapola - 2011-06-03 09:36

    Ijo..that is so sad

      Corra - 2011-06-03 10:04

      Dogs like that should not be kept as pets!!! I had a pitbull once and will never ever have one agian.

      Martin - 2011-06-03 10:19 such thing as bad dogs.....just bad owners....take a long, hard look in the mirror

      Telara - 2011-06-03 10:32

      @ Corra - it's not the breed, it's the way you raise them

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-03 11:04

      Sorry, have to agree with Corra - worked with dogs for a long time, during high school and college, and pit bulls are dangerous, as are bull terriers. In some cases, breeding and training matter, but there are breeds that are just known for their vicious nature - and with good reason!

      winter123 - 2011-06-03 12:33

      The dogs did not target him! The other dogs were hyped up by the 2 fighting and joined in when the man stepped in - as is the breed's nature. NEVER INTERFERE when these dogs fight!!! He probably didn't know that... RIP

      Brodie84 - 2011-06-03 13:31

      Rubbish man! Martin and Telara... you haven't a clue what you are talking about. It has nothing to do with the owners. Some dogs (eg. Pitbulls) are psycholically unbalanced. We'll have this chat again when your savage dog turns on you for no reason whatsoever.

      Ateis - 2011-06-03 14:38

      Corra and TamaraSays Bull**** There is a massive difference between a pit bull and english bull terrier. Take your propaganda someplace else.

      Krush - 2011-06-03 15:10

      Corra and the rest - I've owned many pitbulls - firstly they are not bullterriers. They are beautiful dogs. I have never had a problem with any of my dogs, they are beautiful animals. Far less aggressive than many small breeds, only difference is when they do bite you feel it whereas if a smaller breed dog attacks you you can protect yourself easier. Secondly, its all about how you raise them. Dogs are pack animals, you shouldn't keep 8 of them together like that. And don't go and separate dogs that fight, hose them down if you must but getting in the middle of the fight makes you part of it - of course youre going to get attacked - human stupidity is the only problem here. It is however very sad that a man lost his life.

      Krush - 2011-06-03 15:11

      "Many human behaviors (especially by people unfamiliar with dogs) may factor into bite situations. The majority of dogs will not respond to all or even any of these behaviors with aggression, however, some will. These behaviors include:

      Krush - 2011-06-03 15:12

      Challenging for food or water. For example, removing food from a dog, or appearing to intervene between a dog and its food. Even when inadvertent, this may trigger aggressive behavior in some animals. Attacking (or perceived attacking) a dog or its companions, or encroaching on its territory. Dogs are pack hunters; they often have an instinct to defend themselves and those they consider their "pack" (which could be other dogs, humans, or even other animals), and to defend their territory, which may include areas they consider "theirs" or belonging to their family. Any dog is unpredictable in the presence of an intruder, especially but not always a burglar. Sickness or injury. A sick or injured dog, or an older animal, like people, may become "cranky" or over-reactive, and may develop a tendency to become "snappish". Failure to recognize insecurity or fear. Like humans, dogs that feel insecure may ultimately turn and defend themselves against perceived threat. It is common for people to not recognize signs of fear or insecurity, and to approach, triggering a defensive reaction. Intervention when dogs fight. When dogs fight, a human stepping in between, or seeking to restrain one of them without due care, may be badly bitten as well.

      Krush - 2011-06-03 15:12

      Threatening body language. Especially including direct staring (an act of aggression/perceived as threatening by dogs) or a person not known to the dog moving their face very close to the animal's own snout (may be perceived as a challenge, threatening, or imposing). Staring is more dangerous when on the same visual level as the dog (such as small children), or when the human is unfamiliar. Prey behaviors. Dogs retain many of their predatory instincts, including the chasing of prey. Running away from a dog or behaving in a manner suggesting weakness, may trigger predatory behaviors such as chasing or excited attack. For example, the instinct to jerk one's hands upwards away from an inquisitive dog may elicit a strong impulse to grab and hold. Ignoring warning signs. Trained attack dogs may act against an intruder without warning. Note that attacks may be triggered by behaviors that are perceived as an attack, for example, a sudden unexpected approach or touch by a stranger, or inadvertently stepping on any portion of the dog's anatomy, such as a paw or tail, or startling a sleeping dog unexpectedly. In particular, the territory that a dog recognizes as its own may not coincide with the property lines that its owner and the legal authorities recognize, such as a portion of a neighbor's backyard.

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2011-06-03 09:49

    so much for trying to help

  • Lizel - 2011-06-03 10:21

    Is it bull terriers or pit bull terriers? Usually situations like this is with pitt bull terriers, not bull terriers. However, whatever the case may be, it is a sad situation.

      Realistiqly - 2011-06-03 16:20

      Thank you Liezel. 99% of people are so ignorant they do not know the difference and more than likely the wrong breed is being branded here as usual.

  • buzzbee - 2011-06-03 10:26

    at least he died trying to help someone. may his soul live forever. those dogs should be taken away and banned, my fiance also pulled two pitbulls from each other the one had locked his jaw on the other ones face.

      Ateis - 2011-06-03 14:39

      Again - do you know what the difference is between a pit bull and english bull terrier? And BTW - boerbulls have the highest bite incidence in SA - shall we ban them?

      Flee - 2011-06-03 15:15

      Buzzbee??? Dogs will fight one another .. They are territorial and hierarchy dominant... Ateis... actually its Cocker Spaniels responsible for more attacks on humans than any other bread... Noooo jokes.. Lets ban them

  • lynda.madden1 - 2011-06-03 10:28

    This makes me so sad because it gives bull terriers such a bad name. They are, in fact, highly intelligent animals and are very loving. A word of advice: if ANY breed of dogs are fighting don't try and physically intervene - you will only get injured (or dead, in this case). Either spray them with water or throw a blanket over them - both of these methods will stop a fight without you have to get yourself hurt. I feel sorry for the fella who was attacked - and his family - but if you don't know anything about dogs don't involve yourself.

  • Snoek - 2011-06-03 10:31

    Very sad, but it's not surprising to hear the words "bull terrier" and "mauled to death" in the same sentence.

      Michelle - 2011-06-03 11:47

      If you have ever raised a bull terrier or a pitbull you will know that your comment is unfounded! No matter which dogs are fighting, you can't go in there and intervene. You will get mauled, as you put it, even if they were chihauhaus!!!!

      Ateis - 2011-06-03 14:40

      Michelle - I agree 100% There is massive difference between the two breeds - the closest breed to an english bull terrier is a staffie. And yes - you DON'T intervene in a dog fight.

      Flee - 2011-06-03 15:15


  • Claire Neilson - 2011-06-03 11:21

    I take my dog to a reputable trainer who is also a published author on dog behaviour with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with every breed under the sun. A bull terrier is the onlt breed required to come to training in a full-case muzzle. The trainer has absolutely nothing against them. Some make wonderful pets. The bottom line is this: You cannot undo several generations of genetics and breeding. These dogs have a dangerous streak and should only be in the hands of capable and experienced owners.

      Bettysue - 2011-06-03 11:46

      They are wonderful pets and totally misunderstood. I had one for 14 years and I, on many occasions brought home stray dogs. They stayed over, shared his bed, his food and never once did he raised a hair. He got beaten up by the neighbourhood cats on a regular basis. I rescued a male staffie puppy and decided to keep him and the bullie just accepted it. I realise he was probably the exception. If a dog wandered onto our property neither the staffie or the bullie reacted. Our neighbours sausage dog almost lived at our house through a hole in the fence. Both were intact males. People were astounded. When i put them in kennels, they went together and the kennel owner could not believe it. It's all about how they are raised.

      HJS - 2011-06-03 13:49

      These breeds need to be exterminated, permanently. That the only "training" that will work.

      Bettysue - 2011-06-03 14:37

      @HJS - in a perfect world, I would exterminate all ignorant people and take my chances with the dogs!

      Ateis - 2011-06-03 14:40

      HJS You are an ignorant ass

      knalpot - 2011-06-04 09:25

      Claire go boil your head

  • The_Minx - 2011-06-03 11:37

    What responsible person keeps 8 dogs of ANY breed running loose on a property?? The SPCA should investigate a backyard breeding operation there. Take unneutered dogs, a bitch or two on heat and watch ANY BREED OF DOG enter into lethal dog fights. Simpletons such as the Van der Bijl Park crowd here, should be shot, not the hapless creatures they keep. NEVER use an agressive dog to make back yard breeding bucks. Spay and neuter your pets. What bloody simpletons. Tragic about the poor gentleman but any breed could have caused this if they dogs were large enough. Let's hear all those prophets of bull terrier doom out there share their success stories about keeping a handful of unneutered males of ANY description on their property. Yes? Anybody? You don't put two stallions in one paddock and you sure as hell don't put unneutered males together with females around.

      Carl Muller - 2011-06-03 13:44

      Agree with you. Research have shown that break ins are less like to happen where there are small keffertjies that keff for everything. Big dogs they poison.

  • Michelle - 2011-06-03 11:42

    @Corra When my kids were small we had a pitbull and she was the most gentle dog! NEVER bit or attacked anyone. We now have a bullterrier and he is the most lovable creature. No matter what breed you have, it's the way they are raised! All our dogs have been raised with lots of love and respect and we get like in return.

  • Donna - 2011-06-03 11:44

    I believe ANY dog that is in this situation has the potential to turn on you, from a terrier to a poodle. we forget that they are animals after all and natural instincts will always prevail. dogs are pack animals and although i agree that training and treatment of animals are very important to their behavior, you can NEVER predict what they will do. i have always found that water works the best to stop dogs from fighting.

      HJS - 2011-06-03 13:47

      "Normal dogs" yes. Pitbulls & Bull Terriers? No effect on them

      Flee - 2011-06-03 15:23

      HJS Have you ever owned a bullie in any way or form... You most prob kill goldfish cause they are aggressive???

      CPII - 2011-06-03 19:02

      Agree flee....people own pitbulls to stroke their own delibitated ego :( Bloody half breed dogs that are on the same level as vermin!

  • kaja - 2011-06-03 12:45

    So sad! Tragic! People living especially on plots and also in town, are having to keep vicious dogs for their own personal safety due to the high incidents of crime, more and more articles like this are going to happen. Deepest condonlences to the family.

  • shanns - 2011-06-03 13:18

    i agree with Martin

  • Carl Muller - 2011-06-03 13:42

    No one dares to enter my yard or try and touch one of us. My dogs are all trained. When we walk in the street they walk right past other dogs and all people. When people are with me they will just smell them. The people from the communities are so afraid and then so surprised when he dogs just smell them. But do not try and enter my yard.

  • HJS - 2011-06-03 13:45

    It is a breed that really needs to be exterminated PERMANENTLY. Pitbulls and Bull terriers one about as bad as the other.

      Laineee - 2011-06-03 14:16

      Why dont you get exterminated as you clearly have no idea what you talking about.

  • Xinobia - 2011-06-03 13:56


      Ateis - 2011-06-03 14:42

      Have a look at your keyboard and use your Caps Lock key, do you think your words carry more meaning when you 'shout' in caps?

      Flee - 2011-06-03 15:24

      Wow... OH SORRY WOW!!! you really are ignorant... they are dogs and will behave like dogs.. Unfortunately the man was in the way... Condolences to his family..

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-06-03 16:12


  • Mrs.Blue - 2011-06-03 14:03

    Shame.........i agree that n person shouldn't interfere when dogs are fighting. The man tried to do a good deed.

  • Beannie - 2011-06-03 14:49

    When this many dogs are kept together and something sparks one, the others get hyped. Its pack mentality. The dogs are not at fault.

  • CPII - 2011-06-03 18:57

    Bull Terriers or Pitbulls.....The latter should be BANNED!

  • Claire Neilson - 2011-06-06 08:26

    The most defensive dog owners are pitbull and bull terrier owners! Other dog owners are readily admit their dog's characteristic shortcomings i.e a specific breed may not be good with children but make excellent feild dogs. Not bull terriers owners. They would have us all believe they are THE most peaceful wonderful dogs out there. Pray tell, why are there SO many incidents involving these dogs? Coincidence? People making it up?

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