66-year-old dies after two escaped pit bulls maul him

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  • Two escaped pit bulls attacked a Durbanville man who died on the scene.  
  • The 66-year-old man was bitten on the face, head and feet. 
  • Police have opened an inquest into his death. 

A 66-year-old Durbanville man died after being attacked by two escaped pit bulls on Friday.

Police spokesperson Captain Marchell Rhode said in a statement the dogs escaped from the dogs' owners' yard in Hadeda street in the suburb north of Cape Town. 

They attacked the man and bit his face, head and feet.

Rhode said the SPCA would remove the dogs, and that the police had opened an inquest into his death.

Local publication The Tygerburger reported that the dogs had escaped and jumped against another gate in the street to get to dogs on that property. 

The 66-year-old man went to separate the fighting dogs when he was mauled.

The actual cause of death may have been a heart attack, but an inquest would determine the cause of his death.

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