An inquest has been opened after a four-year-old boy died when he was attacked by the family dog in Oudtshoorn.
The young boy sustained injuries to his face and neck and died in hospital.
The incident occurred at the weekend and the dog, a Labrador Retriever, was put down.
Saps spokesperson Malcolm Poje explains that an inquest was opened, instead of an investigation, because the matter was not a criminal case.
Meanwhile, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA has urged local families to socialise their dogs at a young age and teach pets obedience.
SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham explains that small children between two and four are at a peak age for dog incident bites.
Abraham says that parents should not leave toddlers unsupervised with their dogs and should help educate young children about how to interact with animals.
The pet owner and the parent are responsible since neither the child or the animal could fully control the situation.— Belinda Abraham, spokesperson of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: