Cambridge – A 15-month-old toddler was mauled to death by a pit bull on Wednesday, November 23 at Gonubie Farm in East London, police confirmed in a statement.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, reports suggested that the boy was playing with the neighbour’s pit bull at the farm.
A passer-by walked past the proximity of the yard with a dog and was seen by the pit bull. It was further alleged that the pit bull attempted to escape the yard while barking at the passing dog.
#sapsEC SAPS in the Eastern Cape confirms an incident where a Pit bull is alleged to have attacked a 15-month-old child on Wednesday afternoon, 23/11 in Gonubie Farm, East London. Police have registered an Inquest for investigation. NPhttps://t.co/5I4QD7PrkG pic.twitter.com/hJ6budur3P
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“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.
He said that police had since registered an inquest for investigation and that the incident had been reported to the SPCA while police continued their investigation.
On Sunday morning, November 20, two pit bulls attacked and killed a 3-year-old boy – an incident that enraged members of the community.
According to a statement by police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, Hennenman police were called to Sekoti-mpate and received reports that a child had been mauled by dogs.
“On arrival at the scene, members found a large group of community members already outside the yard. The three-year-old toddler was certified dead at the scene with severe injuries to the head. The dog was removed by its owner from the scene where the incident took place, but eventually was burned to death by [the] angry community,” Thakeng said.
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin