At least 35 Pitbulls have been handed over to the Bloemfontein SPCA after it urged owners to surrender the dangerous breed.
This follows another incident where an eight-year-old Olebogeng Mosime was mauled to death by a neighbour’s Pitbull in Vista Park, Bloemfontein.
OWNERS SURRENDER PITBULLS
Following the incident, Bloemfontein SPCA said the loss of life, any life is tragic and in a preventive measure, they would like to plead with the public that aggressive animals should be surrendered to the Bloemfontein Society so that similar incidents do not occur and that even at the end of an aggressive animal’s life.
Bloemfontein SPCA has pleaded with the public to surrender any dog that might be a danger to the community or the family of its owners.
Bloemfontein SPCA said the dogs can be dropped off at 25 McGregor East End, Bloemfontein and they can be reached at 051 447 3801 or 078 322 8332 respectively. The animal welfare organisation said it will also make collection services available to any owner that does not have the means to take aggressive animals to the SPCA directly.
As previously reported, two other dogs who were at the premises were removed by the Bloemfontein SPCA and are now for safekeeping at its premises.
Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) also responded to the scene in Vista Park.
Police spokesperson Thabo Covane said the Pitbull allegedly escaped from its enclosure, jumped over the fence and went to the neighbour’s premises. It then attacked the young boy who was playing alone, biting him severely on the neck and chest. The boy was declared dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, the petition launched by the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation calling for the total ban of Pitbulls as pets is gaining momentum and has been signed by over 69 000.