Johannesburg – A Johannesburg mother was shocked after the family dog turned on her 4-year-old son Bono while he was feeding it on Monday afternoon.
Kgomotso Kubheka, 31, from Brakpan, said she is now at a loss about what to do with the dog, also 4 years old.
The mother of three was at work when she received a call from the nanny at round 15:00, half an hour before she knocked off.
"She said my son had been bitten by a dog and it was bad."
Kubheka, who is uncertain what breed the dog is, rushed home not knowing how bad the wounds were.
"On my way home I did not know whether to cry or dismiss the nanny's phone call as being exaggeration."
'He took the bread away'
When she arrived home Kubheka found that Bono had been bitten on the right arm and she quickly rushed him to the hospital.
"His [flesh] was exposed and we took him to the hospital where they stitched him up and gave him injections and medication."
When Kubheka came back home she asked the nanny what had happened.
The nanny told her that her two other children, Lindo, 6, and Kamu, 10, were watching TV when they heard Bono's shrill screams.
"They rushed outside and found that he had been bitten by the dog. He [Bono] told them that he was playing with the dog by feeding it bread and then when it started eating, he took the bread away.
"I think this angered the dog and it bit him," she said, adding that she thinks that her son was innocently playing with the dog.
'I don't know how I feel about dogs now'
"I was honestly shocked that he was bitten by our own dog. When I was going home I thought that he had been bitten by another dog, I was shocked that our dog did this."
Kubheka said the family kept the dog for security reasons, like most of their neighbours.
"Now I am really not sure what to do, I am considering alternatives because how will I know whether it will attack the children again. I honestly don't know how I feel about dogs right now."
Kubheka said she was considering contacting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for an assessment on the dog so that she can make an informed decision.
Bono is recovering well and was chuffed that he could skip school on Tuesday.