Toddler attacked by family dog is recovering

The father of a three-year old who was attacked by their family dog on Tuesday spoke to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about what happened on the day their dog suddenly went wild.

Francois Slabbert from Henneman says he was on his way to the hospital with his daughter who was feeling a little under the weather when their helper called to tell him that their dog had attacked his son.

The little boy, Marco, was mainly bitten on the head and his scalp was torn off. He went into surgery on Tuesday in the Mediclinic Welkom to clean the wound and reattach his scalp.

Marco is recovering well and playing, says his father.

As soon as i got home and saw what happened. I saw that it was not life threatening but it looked bad.

Francois Slabbert

The first thing I did was to take my pistol out of my safe and I went to shoot the dog. The reason I did that was because one of my house workers was still trapped between the dog and the door and I was afraid that the dog was going to attack her as well.

Francois Slabbert

Slabbert says he explained the situation to the SPCA and they did not blame him for what he did because he was mainly trying to protect his family. He says people on social media blame him for shooting the dog saying he should've gave the dog a second chance.

Belinda Abraham, communications, education and resource development manager at Cape of Good Hope SPCA says parents need to be extra vigilant when letting children play with dogs. She says children are not able to interpret signs a dog would give when it is about to attack.

Rather not allow children that are not of school going age to interact with animals unsupervised

Belinda Abraham, spokesperson Good Hope SPCA

To hear more of SPCA response to this incident, listen below:


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