Child mauled by neighbour’s Pitbull was playing with the dog

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape has confirmed an incident where a Pitbull allegedly   attacked a 15-month-old child on Wednesday afternoon, 23 November 2022 in Gonubie Farm, East London.

According to police, the boy was playing with the neighbour’s dog in Gonubie Farm when it attacked him. 


Police spokesperson, Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana said as the boy and the dog were playing, a passer-by who was also walking with a dog in the proximity of the yard, was seen by the Pitbull. 

It is further alleged that the Pitbull attempted to get out of the yard whilst barking at the passing dog. After failing to leave the yard, the Pit bull is alleged to have returned to the child and bit him in the upper body. 

“Subsequent to the incident, the Paramedics were called to transport the child to a nearby hospital, where he was reported to have succumbed to injuries sustained,” Kinana said. 

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Police have since registered an inquest for investigation. The incident has also been reported to the SPCA as police investigation continues.

[BREAKING NEWS] An East London toddler, Eastern Cape, has been mauled to death by a pitbull a few hours ago.

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Most recently, ten-year-old Storm Nuku from Gqeberha, eight-year-old Olebogeng Mosime and three-year-old Keketso Saule were also mauled to death by the vicious and aggressive dogs.

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