Police in the Eastern Cape are looking into an alleged pit bull terrier attack that killed a 15-month-old boy.
According to police, the incident occurred on Wednesday at Gonubie Farm in East London.
The toddler was playing with the pit bull of a neighbour when it noticed someone walking their dog nearby. According to Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the barking pit bull attempted to escape the yard in order to reach the passing dog.
“The pit bull is accused of returning to the child and biting him in the upper body after he failed to leave the yard. Following the incident, paramedics were called to transport the child to a nearby hospital, where he was reported to have died from his injuries “He stated.
Yonela Dekeda, spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Health Department, referred News24 to the police.
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Kinana stated that police had opened an inquest case for further investigation.
He also stated that the incident had been reported to the SPCA.
The East London SPCA confirmed the incident, stating that the dog was in their care but that no further information was available.
This is the latest in a long line of fatal pit bull attacks.
Keketso Innocent Saule, three, was killed over the weekend in Hennenman, Free State, when he was attacked by two pit bulls. Residents were enraged and killed one of the dogs. They also attacked SPCA workers who were removing and euthanizing the second dog.
On Sunday, residents in Cape Town beat, stoned, and set fire to three pit bulls after they mauled a girl. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.