Skip to comments.Boy, 4, attacked by pit bull
Posted on 06/23/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT by Chet 99
Secunda 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.
Xanders mother, Cornel van Zyl, said the family had only been living in Secunda for four months.
Xander and his little sister, Shantelize, 2, were playing in our yard. I went to the bathroom and while I was there, Shantelize came to me in tears, saying her brother was being bitten by a dog.
Van Zyl suspects that Xander climbed through the palisade fencing around their house to join one of his friends across the road. The dog, which belongs to a family member of Xanders little friend, was kept in that yard.
Naked and covered in blood
I found Xander naked and covered in blood in the kitchen while the people were just standing there staring at him. I grabbed my child and screamed at them to bring a towel and phone the ambulance. I had to give them my cellphone since they didnt have any airtime.
The woman gave me a small blue towel which I wrapped around Xander. I held him tightly so he wouldnt lose more blood, said Van Zyl.
If it wasnt for that man (Van Rensburg), my child would be dead.
Van Rensburgs son Jan, a paramedic, took over from Van Zyl and started to clean Xanders wounds.
A friend of the Van Zyls, Bernadette Nortjé, also showed up and tried to comfort her hysterical friend and little Shantelize. She was crying and kept repeating that her brother was bleeding.
Nortjé accompanied Xander in the ambulance. I thought he was going to die there because he was so cold. His eyes rolled back and he was very drowsy, she said.
Xander was admitted to the Highveld Medi-Clinic in Trichardt. According to his father, Michael van Zyl, he will have surgery this week.
Dog to be put down
The dog will be put down by the SPCA on Monday. The brain must be sent to Onderstepoort for rabies tests, said Marilé Nieuwoudt of the SPCA. While the brown dog looks like a pit bull terrier, Nieuwoudt was not yet able to confirm the breed.
The Van Zyls are considering legal action against the dogs owners. They have no medical aid, and Xanders fathers employer paid for his hospital admission.
Beeld made several phone calls to the dogs owner, HF Koen, but received no answer. The people who live on the premises where the dog was kept were also not available for comment.
Another pit bull story by Chet 99. What a surprise.
While I understand that every person reacts to emergencies in different ways, from paralysis to taking action, this is egregious. Thank God for the neighbor and cellphones!
Do you ever think about anything besides dogs? Do you think you will change any minds? Do you have national statistics showing the rates of attacks/deaths by dog type?
and they didn’t have any airtime. well la ti da, so they’d have had to pay a lot for a minute or two.
How terrible. Sue them too, for felonious stupidity.
Or it may have been a monitor lizard or possibly a rabid manatee.
Well, gee; if the dog LOOKS like a pit-bull then there can be no doubt! It must BE a pit-bull!
Similar to what happened here in Atlanta several years ago. A woman's pit bull was attacking a child while the owner just stood there and watched. A neighbor went in his house and got a .357 and shot the dog. At that point the woman went into a frenzy and attacked the neighbor screaming "don't hurt my dog. Don't hurt my dog." So he shot her too. He was not charged. She was charged with assault
I have been told, repeatedly, that attacks like this are rare.
Looks like this took place in South Africa...?
Or an acorn worker looking for their pie.
The dog lovers on this forum seem to like pit bulls more than they like children. As W. C. Fields once said, “This morning I saw a dog bite a child and the child kick the dog, which shows neither dogs nor children are as bad as I thought they were.”
It was probably a Golden Retriever.
Looks like this took place in South Africa...?
Yeah, everyone’s name is with the last seven letters of the alphabet.
It’s the canine monsters making the news, not Chet.
Do you have national statistics showing the rates of attacks/deaths by dog type?””
If he/she doesn’t stats are available from the American Vet Med Assoc (AVMA). Pits are by centuries of breeding, the worst offenders of serious, often lethal, attacks.
“.......attacks like this are rare.”
Yeah, but are they safe?
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