Pit bulls attack three people at Otjiwarongo

23 Mar 2016 11:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 23 MAR (NAMPA) - A woman, her daughter and a security guard were Tuesday evening attacked by three pit bull dogs in Hindernburg Street at Otjiwarongo.
The street is popular by school children walking to and from the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary and Vooruit Primary Schools.
State medical doctors called to the scene first attended to the victims, whose ages are unknown, before they were taken to the local hospital.
The owner of the dogs, Lizle Barnard said the incident occurred at approximately 20h30 on Tuesday evening.
She told Nampa in a short interview at the scene her three pit bulls are aged five years, ten-months and two-years-old.
“I went out to receive a parcel from a courier service man and suddenly, all my three dogs exited the yard through the main gate, which was half open. The next thing I heard were people screaming,” Barnard said.
She described the incident as unfortunate.
It is alleged the woman was attacked severely after she attempted to scare off the dogs that were attacking her daughter.
A security guard, who was on duty at a nearby business area, also attempted to scare the dogs but they turned on him, repeatedly biting at his body.
The woman and her daughter sustained serious dog bites on their legs and arms.
No case has yet been opened with the police concerning the incident.
Various Otjiwarongo residents Nampa spoke to at the scene of the incident were of the opinion that the dogs should be punished with euthanasia for causing such harm to the humans.
A member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SPCA) at Otjiwarongo, Tanja Britz however described the incident on Tuesday evening as an accident.
Britz said vicious dogs are everywhere in Otjiwarongo but people hardly complaining about them, even when they attack people.
“I know of a woman who was attacked by a mixed breed dog in 2015, and you didn't talk about it. Now that the dogs involved are pit bulls, everyone is complaining about last night’s incident,” she said.
Britz said she has some pit bulls herself, adding they are amazing creatures and loyal.
Last year June, a minor boy in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs while playing in the street with friends.
City Police Spokesperson, Constable Cillie Auala told Nampa the dogs left the yard through an opening under the fence, and killed the boy by fatally biting at his throat.