The call to ban pitbulls intensifies

A recent dog attack resulting in the death of a minor has intensified calls to ban this breed.

On Saturday, November 12, an eight-year-old boy from Bloemfontein was mauled to death by a pitbull while he was playing alone.

According to Police Spokesperson Thabo Covane, this pitbull, which reportedly belonged to a neighbour, jumped over a fence and charged at the boy, biting his neck and chest.

Olebogeng Mosime was a grade 3 pupil at Roseview Primary School in Bloemfontein. When the emergency services arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a dog attack, they discovered the boy dead and the pitbull covered in blood.

The dog was shot and later died as a result of the gunshot wounds. The Bloemfontein SPCA removed two dogs from the premises and has asked the public to turn in any dogs that may pose a threat to the community.

The number of dog attacks in South Africa has increased over time. According to reports, South Africa has the highest rate of dog attacks in the world.

Following the death of ten-year-old Storm Nuku from Gqeberha, the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation launched a petition to ban pitbulls as domestic pets a month ago. This petition has since received over 70 000 online signatures.

This foundation stated the following reason for the petition: “It is time that the South African government takes decisive steps and impose a complete ban on the ownership of pit bulls as domestic animals.

“Such a move would prevent further attacks and unnecessary deaths. We cannot continue sending out messages of condolences for something that can easily be prevented.”

The NSPCA has publicly expressed their support for the foundation’s call to ban these dangerous dogs, writing in a statement that the NSPCA, while its mandate is to prevent cruelty to animals and promote good animal care, also values human lives.

People are looking to the government for solutions as dog attacks become more common in the country. The public is still divided on this issue, with some blaming the dog owners and opposing the ban. Others, on the other hand, want these dogs outright banned.