Robbers stab dog in the head

2011-08-08 09:56

Cape Town - A well-known Stellenbosch artist and musician has told how he thought his neighbour was joking when he received a call on Saturday morning to say he should come quickly as his dog was "running about in the street with a knife in her head".

Vernon Swart said it transpired that his 6-year-old German Shepherd and terrier cross, Bella, had foiled a robbery during which she was stabbed in the head.

Swart, known for his nude studies and landscapes as well as being the drummer for Valiant Swart, said he thought it was "absurd".

He then went outside, to see the police "come charging, guns drawn".

"Bella then attacked them," he recounted on Sunday, while she lay quietly in front of the fireplace in their house in Dennesig Street, Stellenbosch.

The neighbours had called the police as they had trespassers on their property. The suspected robbers never got into Swart's home, but must have been in the yard.

Missed the brain

Swart and his wife, Ingrid, who was at work at the time of the incident, then took Bella to a vet.

She was put under anaesthetic and the vet “literally had to push his knee against her head” to pull out the knife, said Swart, whose son Lucas is the drummer for the Stellenbosch rock group The Pretty Blue Guns.

To their surprise, Bella was fine, despite the stitches to the wound.

The knife penetrated about 12cm between her eyes, and appeared to have missed her brain.

Swart said he gave the knife to the detective and police would hopefully be able to dust it for fingerprints.

Stellenbosch police spokesperson Major René Matthee said they were investigating a case of malicious damage to property.

To reward Bella for her bravery, Ingrid cooked her a piece of fillet on Saturday evening.

“She was still under sedation and was a bit groggy when she ate it.”

Ingrid said Bella had always been a good guard dog and had in the past got rid of unwelcome visitors.

But they added that they thought Bella didn’t really do justice to her name - which means beauty. “She looks like an old, worn-out mattress.”

  • farmworker - 2011-08-08 10:01

    Ag shame poor Dog

      Spaffy - 2011-08-08 10:20

      @Tigerman. WTF are you saying?

      The_Realist - 2011-08-08 10:27

      Spaffy, tigerman is retarded!

      Goodolafrica - 2011-08-08 10:32

      @tigerman...are you upset cause your cousin got bit...come here and i give you a KLAP...wake up idiot they were robbers not invited guests...bloody learn to read...CHOP

      kylespobox - 2011-08-08 10:42

      tigerman-you are rotten to the are obviosly one of those degenerate half breeds who thinks he has a following of other degenerates.why dont you rather just go and cut your wrists and do the world a favour...nobody cares about you

      farmworker - 2011-08-08 10:51

      @WhoCares Do you know that it is really possible that your brain is made of only dead cells, you might need to have it examined #JustFriendlyAdvice. You are one sick person

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-08 11:07

      Tigerman you are sick and I wish I could meet you face to face. You deranged coward!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:24

      Tigerman, you are invited to attempt entry to my property. I have warning signs about my dogs, so if they tear you apart, it will be your own fault. Regarding your comment re domestic workers kids. The employer has employed the worker as a domestic worker, not a crech keeper. I was never allowed to take my children to work. Your ANC wanted equality in the workplace so live up to it. The domestic worker can either put the kids in a crech or practice birth control. Live with the reality of life and stop blaming others for your inadequacies.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:29

      @ Tsheps16V. "if you give bella glasses she will look just like her master vernon swart...." Yes, you're right. But if you are given glasses you will still look stupider than Bella. A knife in your brain would probably miss your brain cell as well. Another comment for the News24 ANC censor to delete.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-08-08 11:33

      @Tigerman - bwahahahahaha. I'd end my life if my brain worked like yours.

      SageScion - 2011-08-08 11:35

      @Tigerman what a total and complete imbecile,sick people

      Face - 2011-08-08 11:43

      Tsheps16V - I think the dog will look better than you with glasses on!

      Brad - 2011-08-08 15:24

      Lekker, lekker, lekker! So glad the dog is fine, but I certainly hope the "trespassers" (aka SAVAGES) who stabbed Bella rot in hell. Their lives are worthless, they are meaningless. The dog is waaaaay more important! Hope the SAVAGES were viciously bitten and suffer agonising pain.

      Ayoba - 2011-08-08 18:03

      Who said there are no angels for dogs?

  • Stuka - 2011-08-08 10:03

    You don’t have to be pretty to be courageous!

  • marguerite - 2011-08-08 10:03

    F*^king bastards.. oh, this makes me so angry!!! how could anyone do this to an animal.. i hope they catch these guys soon and put a knife in each ones eye!!!!

  • Smaal - 2011-08-08 10:08

    It’s not enough that they suffocate old men, stab and cut old ladies throats but now they stab the pets as well?

  • ian - 2011-08-08 10:13

    as an animal lover and vegan, crimes like these are nothing new. THEY will hurt anyone and any creature just so THEY can steal.DEATH TO ANYONE WHO HARMS AN ANIMAL, HANG THE LOT

      Tamz.S - 2011-08-08 10:50

      Agreed Ian! Death to ANYONE who harms an animal! Cannot understand how some people think the animal deserved this. If it was not for the dog, who knows what would have happened to the owners??? I am vegan too and cannot understand the savagery that goes on in todays world! Until we are no longer violent to animals, humans will never be able to experience true peace.

  • Gorilla - 2011-08-08 10:19

    Poor dog. Underlines my theory that a a good dog saves lives, without that dog there may have been a different story about this guy in the press this morning. Further to the piece about the "knife missing the brain" looking at the picture, the knife is not penetrating near the brain but at the back of the nasal cavity. By that dog a bell!

  • Selwyn - 2011-08-08 10:22

    Give that dog a Bells!

      morecats - 2011-08-08 10:42

      Great minds??!!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-08-08 15:07

      Stupid Dog.

      Spaffy - 2011-08-08 16:16

      Stupid Poloyatonki.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 17:12

      Ah yes. Poly presents a totally rational argument as usual. (Sarcasm)

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-08 10:23

    ...just think about the stress the houseowners have...intruders nearby, their dog nearly killed...why are there some individuals that wake up in the morning, their only thought being who they can rob, injure and kill?

  • maverix - 2011-08-08 10:30

    i think my dog cazme from the same litter - he's also brainless :-) - glad she's OK

  • Tamz.S - 2011-08-08 10:46

    If a robber is ON SOMEONES PROPERTY clearly they do not have good intentions and the dog should have every right to MAUL them into tiny little pieces. Robbers should ALL be torn apart. Don't blame the dog, she was protecting the people!!!!!

      Tamz.S - 2011-08-08 11:18

      Totally agreed Lab-Rat, who knows what disease the dog might then die of! Honestly if a person enters your property without permission, they should become your property, to do with as you please!

      farmworker - 2011-08-08 16:29

      @Lab-Ra and Tamz.S you guys seem suited for each other you should perhaps marry and relocate to Orania; I must lock you guys in Racists cabinet and throw away the key and petrol bomb you guys for suggesting that a Dog will die as result of biting their diseased flesh (we know what you mean). You might find that you too guys are infected with very bad diseases

  • kylespobox - 2011-08-08 10:47

    let karma deal with this one...its beyond human

  • farmworker - 2011-08-08 11:02

    Correct me if I am wrong, within the article I have not seen a reference which seems to suggest that those robbers were Black or they were Men at all

      Wineo'clock - 2011-08-08 11:13

      Ummm Duh! Gee the intelligence is scary, Maybe it was a nun and priest! And this is what they want in top management? God help the human race!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 12:01

      Farmworker, if the robber was white the headline would have screamed "WHITE man stabs dog with knife!" Stop being silly now. By the way farmworker, does my challenge to you still stand? Remember I said that if you could point out any farmer that has killed one of his workers, I would personally lay the charge at the farmers local police station? Well, I'm waiting! You wi;ll also be transported at my cost to point out the farmer under police protection.

      farmworker - 2011-08-08 12:31

      @Worldwise #1. For your information the reason why the colour is not mentioned in the heading is because no one knows their colour (No one saw them) #2 . Are you a Police Man? If yes then you need to start doing your work, right now I have a lot on my plate to be involved in other people stuff/work which is not my business.

      Werner - 2011-08-08 14:10

      Well, it's fair to assume they were coloured women that lem'd that brak almost to death.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 17:20

      No Farmworker, I am not a policeman. If you keep on commenting on farmworkers getting killed by farmers, it is your business to prove your point. That is normal in any civilised society, upholding the law. It is your duty to point out those breaking the law so that they may be brought to justice. By ignoring the deeds of these farmers you are just as guilty as they are of murder. Now please point them out so that we can lock up the murderous scum. Or can't you point anyone out? Your credibility is at stake here. Prove those you call racists on this forum wrong or shut up forever. Bet you can't.

      FFS - 2011-08-08 19:53

      But you know they were. 99.99% of violent crime in SA is committed by black men. Denying that is just stupid. Glad the poor dog is okay. Every day I live I like people less, and animals more.

  • Baasdeets - 2011-08-08 11:04 should slip into something more a coma.

  • Darwinian - 2011-08-08 11:08

    Malema's Legacy #56

  • Mlu - 2011-08-08 11:10

    Tigerman, the dog was after robbers not kids. The dog should have killed the bloody robbers instead.

  • Colline - 2011-08-08 11:11

    everybody ignore tigerman, he's obviously brain damaged.

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-08-08 11:12

    It should have been a pitbull so it could have done more damage to the attackers.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-08 12:48

      Pitbull's are not killers! Pitbull Terriers are a fighting breed, but believe it or not they are not the greatest protection dogs. Get a Rottweiler, the pitbull has 254 pound per inch bite strength, the rottweiler has 324 pound per inch. But pitbull are sooooo dangerous!

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  • Liz - 2011-08-08 11:44

    So so glad the doggie survived!! As for the intruder, you get what you give!!!! So I'd be careful if I was you!

  • bcnw - 2011-08-08 11:49

    Bella, I hope you recover fully from your are a very brave dog. Tigerman deserves the knife his eeeerrrr...brain instead.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-08 12:08

    Brave Bella!

  • Audi - 2011-08-08 13:15

    I fail to understand why they are 'investigating a case of malicious damage to property.' This is vile act of cruelty.

  • letswai - 2011-08-08 15:11

    some of the comments here make somebody wonder if i really should consider changing my vote to another party. but i feel very scared of what they will do if they can have the power again. i can sense their hatred towards me. everything has to be about how low i am. sorry i am not convinced.

  • Bambi - 2011-08-08 15:32

    Bella deserves a badge of honor for her brave act to defend her people. The 'people' who murder, rob, steal and rape should all be mauled to mince by dogs such as Bella - hmmm looking up ways to increase viciousness in my duchie - maybe Otto will bite instead of try to lick unwelcome guests to death!!!

  • Kimbo Slice - 2011-08-08 15:46

    Y delete my post.. scared of the truth, Bloody agents

  • Point Blank - 2011-08-08 16:03

    Hopefully the knife goesinto the right brain... the robbers brain.

  • a.bryanh - 2011-08-08 16:34


  • Felicity - 2011-08-09 05:23

    Ah, good on the brave pooch! Good to hear she's fine. :)

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