Saturday, January 24, 2009
"On October 18, while walking through the orchards, Gesels stopped to pick an orange when the dogs, two Staffordshire terriers and a mongrel, attacked him. He "lay still and pretended to be dead." Gesels was taken to the Humansdorp hospital after a relative called an ambulance, but was transferred to Port Elizabeth‘s Provincial Hospital and then Livingstone where doctors had to amputate his arms. After a hospital stay of about two months, Gesels is now fully dependent on his family at their Jansenville home."Following this attack was the deadly attack of 74-year old Grace Page. A witness said the dog ripped her eyes out their sockets. Shortly thereafter, animal behaviorist John Faul called for pit bulls to be banned in South Africa. The language Faul uses to describe pit bulls is noteworthy. One doesn't run across the term, "hair-trigger" attack too often. Faul also points out that mankind bred the "self-preservation" instincts out of a pit bull (as does Randall Lockwood), which greatly amplifies the danger they pose.
Quotes from John Faul:
- He said the pit bull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a "hair-trigger" attack response.
- "The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets," he said. "The only way to keep them is in a working environment."
- "The Irish, to our very great shame, created this dog in Cork," he said. "We created it for the reason that it must be absolutely fearless."
- He said all dogs were good at conflict avoidance, because of their sense of self-preservation. "In the pit bull terrier we took that out and replaced it with a hair-trigger response."
- Faul did not accept the claim that pit bulls were aggressive only towards other dogs and not humans.
A quick click around another South African publication, The Independent Online, reveals many headlines that mirror our own. Pit bulls and their mixes have been maiming and killing people across the globe for years. This is why many countries ban the importation of new pit bulls and place regulations on existing pit bulls. It does not appear that South Africa has followed this path yet. But the county appears to be heading in this direction. One can only hope that Faul's voice is earnestly heard.
(2009) Pit Bull Rips Off 4-Year Old's Scalp
06/22/09 - Xander van Zyl had parts of his scalp ripped off, his ear nearly torn off, and his left arm broken after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull. While the owners of the dog stood by and watched, Fanie van Rensburg, another neighbor, managed to save the child. Rensburg said, "The dog was dragging the boy back and forth, picking him up and letting go over and over. Each time the little boy reached out for me to pick him up, the dog would take hold again. "
(2006) Gardner Mauled by Dogs Still in ICU
12/08/06 - The Hartbeespoort gardener who was mauled by two Staffordshire bull terriers earlier this week during an epileptic fit remains in the intensive care unit of the George Mukhari Hospital. Hospital spokesperson Nolo Bashe said the condition of 60-year old Dampie Tladi had not changed. He has a damaged eye, nose and lip. His scalp was also torn in the attack. "He will need skin grafts but there is no indication of when that will be," Bashe said.
(2005) Ban These Vicious Killers
07/02/05 - The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa wants pit bull-terriers banned after a spate of vicious attacks on people and other dogs. The dogs are bred to fight to the death and some are owned by gangsters and other criminals who use them as a form of intimidation. In the latest attack, in Cape Town on Wednesday, a cross-bred dog was practically ripped apart in Hanover Park by a pit bull-terrier that had been wandering, unleashed, in a street.
(2005) 7-Year Old Child Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls
06/14/05 - Three pit bull terriers, owned by a police officer, mauled a seven-year-old boy to death. The boy's grandfather was also injured in the attack; he was lucky to escape with his life, said spokesperson Captain Cherelle Ehlers. Police are "baffled" as to why the dogs pounced on young Austin Pieters, and how they had managed to get out of their yard. "The dogs got out of their yard and walked 3km by the time they came across the boy," Ehlers said.
(2005) Traumatized Widow Tells of Pit Bull Horror
01/13/05 - Vivien Goldsack, 82, was returning home from walking her dog, a 3-year-old dachshund called Jasper, which was on a lead, when two pit bull terriers, without warning or provocation, ran from the garage of an unfenced property and attacked her dog. She said, "My dog lay on its back in submission, but the pit bulls continued ripping him apart." Clint Nickols, the owner of the pit bulls, said his dogs were not vicious...
(2004) Daughter's Pit Bulls Kill Father in Pretoria
07/22/04 - Pit bull terriers mauled an elderly Pretoria man to death when they turned on him after he tried to separate them while they were fighting. Inspector Percy Morokane said Daniel Jacobus Van Vuuren, 79, was going about the routine feeding of his daughter's seven dogs (six of which were pit bulls) at her home when he was attacked. He was bitten all over his body. Van Vuuren's wife sat helpless in a car nearby, hearing her husband screaming.
(2003) Pit Bull Terriers Maul Owner
11/07/03 - Charles Murray, 48, sustained serious injuries to his neck, stomach, arms and legs as well as broken ribs and bones. His left leg had to be amputated. Murray was working on his car in the garden of his Margate home when the vehicle, which was suspended on supports, suddenly toppled and fell on to him. His son, Charles Murray Jr., who formerly bred pit bulls, said: "When the car fell on him he screamed for help and the dogs attacked him.
(2003) Savage Dog Ripped My Ear Off
11/07/03 - A dog mauled a 56-year-old man in such a savage frenzy it had to be beaten to death. Daniel Abrahams of Scottsdene has more than 20 stitches on his face and body, a badly injured arm and no left ear. The dog attacked him on the premises of a paper recycling factory where he had worked for seven years. According to Abrahams's niece, Millisen Asia, another worker used an iron rod to kill the dog, which had locked his jaws and would not let go.
News reports of violent pit bull attacks span the world. The reports of "sudden attacks" leaving victims maimed and killed are sadly interchangeable.
11/19/08: Pit Bull Kills Grandmother, 74, in Johannesburg
10/24/08: Spain Jails Pit Bull Owner for 1 Year After Fatal Attack
09/22/08: Elderly Greek Woman Mauled to Death by a Pit Bull
| 1/24/2009 6:55 PM |
Very interesting that "the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa wants pit bull-terriers banned after a spate of vicious attacks on people and other dogs." That would never happen here. That society actually recognizes what is happening to other other animals, and the effects on humans protecting those animals as well.
| 6/28/2009 12:56 PM |
June 2009 - There has been another scalp victim in South Africa. 4-year old Xander van Zyl had the misfortune of interacting with the neighbor's pit bull:
A 4-year-old boy had parts of his scalp ripped off, his ear nearly torn off, and his left arm broken, when he was attacked by what is believed to be a pit bull terrier on Friday. While the owners of the house where the attack took place apparently stood by and watched, Fanie van Rensburg, a neighbour of little Xander van Zyl, managed to save the child from its jaws. “Man, what a horrible thing. The dog was dragging the boy back and forth, picking him up and letting go over and over. Each time the little boy reached out for me to pick him up, the dog would take hold again,” Van Rensburg said on Sunday. Xander’s mother, Cornel van Zyl, said the family had only been living in Secunda for four months.
| 5/10/2010 7:29 AM |
Another death due to pit bulls:
May 9, 2010 - Police are investigating after a man died following an attack by Bull Terriers in Vanderbijlpark on Sunday, ER24 said. The man estimated to be in his early twenties was found dead on scene by paramedics, said spokesperson Tristan Wadeley. The man, who allegedly worked on the plot where he was attacked, suffered multiple bite wounds. He was declared dead on scene.
| 5/23/2010 9:30 AM |
"WHILE THE OWNERS OF THE DOG STOOD BY AND WATCHED, Fanie van Rensburg, another neighbor, managed to save the child."
In my experience, this is typical of the jerks who choose to own fighting/baiting breed dogs. First they say, oh, he won't hurt a fly. Then when the thing attacks, they stand passive, watching *with interest*, curious to see what their aggressive bred dog will do.
These are people with serious neuroses and psychopathologies. The idea that you can leave our safety to the 'responsibility' of these types is ridiculous.
We need all these fighting/baiting breeds banned, NOW, no grandfather clauses, just round them up and gently euthanize them. ALL of them.
| 6/03/2011 10:17 AM |
Another fatality in South Africa.
Johannesburg - A man was mauled to death by bull terriers on a plot in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Thursday evening, paramedics said. The 51-year-old, who worked on the property, had apparently tried to break up a fight...
| 6/23/2011 3:13 PM |
I want Pit Bulls to be illegal in South Africa. Two Pit Bulls came into our property today and killed our family dog a male Maltese. I'm holding the owners responsible for the damage to the wall, the vet bills and the cost of a new dog.
| 12/12/2011 1:05 PM |
My 6yr old daughters best friend was attacked today (12/12/2011) by her fathers pitbull cross! The child is currently in hospital recovering from the following injuries: Her scalp & jaw were torn off & doctors reattached them, she has a bite mark on the front of her neck, her muscles in the back of her neck were ripped, her cheek was ripped through & the nerves torn so doctors don't know whether her cheek will hang or not! The doctors said that the dog missed her artery & spinal cord by millimeters! This little girl has a long recovery process ahead with loads of therapy & it is unclear whether she will be able to start grade 1 in 2012!! I have & never will like pitbull dogs!!
| 1/10/2013 12:09 AM |
a pitbull killed my 13 year old cat on the 19th december 2012 she had no chance i phoned the spca who gave me the animal rescue number who gave me some inspectors number who gave me the cape town central number who then phoned the metro police they said they came out the next day but went to the house of the pitbull is then they phoned me and said that they will come and make a statment but they never came i phoned them twice they just gave me refrance numbers the dog has tried to dig under my fance and yesterday tried to dig under the other neighbours fence i am worried that it will get out and attack my child or wife i still have one cat i hope that this dog does not get out again i am going to take photos of where it tried to get under my fance to the metro police and show them that this dog is trying to get out the owner put a few bricks there but what about the rest of the wall
| 2/25/2013 1:27 PM |
My husband, 16 month old daughter, and myself stayed over at my Mom's house this past weekend. I was playing on the pc when I heard her pitbull snap and start barking aggressively. I heard my daughter crying and screaming and I rushed out to see what had happened. My husband was holding our daughter and her forehead and right eye was covered in blood. I freaked out and started crying and we had to rush her to hospital to get her medical treatment for the wounds. I am so angry with my Mom as she was insistent that my daughter had provoked the attack, and she didn't even punish the dog or seem too concerned as to having him taken away. Seven years previously the dog attacked one of my boyfriend's and ripped the tip of his nose nearly off. I would like to take action and have the dog taken away or put down as he is unstable with children and other animals, and I would like to prevent another more serious attack from happening. My mother is in denial about the dog being dangerous and was more concerned about the welfare of the dog than the safety of her own grand child. Who can report this incident to in SA that would assist in getting the dog taken away?
| 2/25/2013 2:08 PM |
Contact the hospital who treated your daughter and ask what authority you should report the dog bite. Usually it is your local or regional animal control agency, but we are unfamiliar how SA operates. The hospital may have already reported the bite to a health agency, but you are looking for the agency that deals with dangerous dogs (or designating dogs as dangerous).