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Toddler mauled to death by a Pit bull


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

CAMBRIDGE - The 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 November 2022 in Gonubie Farm, East London.

According to the report, the boy child was playing with the neighbour’s dog in Gonubie Farm when a passer-by who was walking with a dog in the proximity of the yard, was seen by the Pit bull. It is further alleged that the Pit bull attempted to get out of the yard whilst barking at the passing dog.

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.

Police have registered an Inquest for investigation. The incident has also been reported to the SPCA. Police investigation continues.


Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana