Dogs maul Byo child, 8, to death

BULAWAYO - An 8-year-old child was on Sunday afternoon mauled to death by two boar bull dogs in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb after the predators escaped from the premises they were locked in.

The dogs escaped through an open gate while the owner of the house was parking his car in the yard.

Owner Bruce Dhliwayo, 47, said his dogs escaped through the gate without him noticing them and attacked two of his neighbour’s children who were playing outside their home.

“I only noticed from the rear view mirror that the dogs were running out of the gate while I was parking my car. This has never happened before because when I open the gate for myself each time the dogs have never attacked people,” a shocked Dhliwayo said.

He said he rushed to stop the dogs only to find two children under attack.

The younger sister, Naledi Nare lay on the ground bleeding while her sister Martha Nare, 12, escaped.

“I rushed towards the kids as fast as I could but the dogs had already mauled one of the children. They killed the 8-year-old, leaving the sister with deep lacerations and luckily she escaped,” Dhliwayo said.

An eyewitness, Victor Nyoni, told the Daily News that passers-by kept their distance and failed to stop the vicious dogs fearing they could turn on them if they got closer.

“The dogs caught the two children unaware and it is unfortunate that one died. The owner knows his dogs are dangerous and should have always kept them on leash or in kennels rather than allowing them to roam the premises freely.  He should be arrested,” Nyoni said.

He suggested the dogs should undergo a veterinary check for rabies.

Police confirmed the death of the baby who was bitten on the neck and stomach countless times.

Nare family members declined to comment on the incident.

Comments (11)

Arrest this irresponsible idiot

Comrade - 3 September 2013

Veduweee, imbwa ngadzigare mukennel . mwana akafa achirwadziwa uyu ini ndorwadziwa coz i also have an 8yr old.Zvino munogarisana sei. Rest inpeace little one

GOREKORE - 3 September 2013

This is sad indeed. The owner of the two dogs is as stupid as his two animals. Why on eath did he not keep them on leash? It is shocking to say the least.

mambo - 3 September 2013

These dogs should be killed.

Mrman - 3 September 2013

Put the dogs down as a first step towards healing the obvious rift between the two families and to avoid any repeat of same; they have tasted human blood and WILL attack again.

David Kasiyamhuka - 3 September 2013

Killing the dogs or charging the owner is only part solving the problem. Our council by-laws are not longer being enforced. It's not surprising that these dogs are not even registered and let alone being vaccinated against rabbies. The major reason why dogs become vicious is because they are treated creully by their owners and thet are never trained. Council's part is to ensure all dogs are kept in well fenced and secured premises. They should also ensure the conditions meet certain minimum standards.

Lazy Boy - 3 September 2013

Kill the dogs, they will strike again if not put to rest. Arrest the owner as well, stupid bastard

Collin - 3 September 2013

If that had happened to me the owner will long be dead and the story will read a lot different.

Punisher - 4 September 2013

There should be no second thoughts about it. these Killer dogs should have been SHOT and killed instantly. Thats what every other nation do world over. They have tasted human blood and they will kill again. Next time they will attack even the owners kids and visitors

mafikizolo - 4 September 2013

City and country by-laws are very clear.Its only that the authorities don"t act They will only enforce zvaitika kune wavo vana kana kuti washefu nhingi a lot of stray owned dogs around the whole country.But nobody cares .Rest in Peace little Angel.

brobeyond - 4 September 2013

Indeed the dogs must be killed. A similar incident happened in Mutare 8 years ago where a German Shepherd that had a record of assaulting people killed and ate its owner's child who was only a toddler. These pets can be dangerous.

simbarashe - 4 September 2013

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