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What to do when you're mauled by your neighbour's dog – a legal expert weighs in

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Pitbulls and other several other dog breeds are on the list of dogs that are recognised as more likely to attack and cause significant injury.
Pitbulls and other several other dog breeds are on the list of dogs that are recognised as more likely to attack and cause significant injury.
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They are known as man's best friend. They can be friendly, a great deterrent for robbers and can be wonderful with children.

But there's also a dark side to having dogs, and when man’s best friend turns nasty, it can be very nasty indeed – fatal even.

Earlier this month, we heard about the tragic story of a five-year-old boy from Gugulethu, Cape Town, who was mauled to death by two pit bulls when he went looking for his ball in a neighbour’s yard. 

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