Courageous 10-year-old boy saves his cousin, 5, from pit bull attack
Cape Town – Mbangi Guzi, 10, from Khayelitsha courageously came to the rescue of his young cousin Milani who was savagely mutilated by a pit bull.
Five-year-old Milani was attacked by the dog on Friday morning in her yard just before she went to school.
Milani’s head was badly scarred, but she survived.
The child’s aunt, Lavisa Guzi, said she had to take Milani to school that morning.
“My way of working is through her school, so sometimes I drop her off. She came to my house which is a few houses from where she stays to remind me not to forget her. Milani returned home and just after entering the yard the three house dog came running and attacked her. Milani’s cousin Mbangi ran inside to report the dog had come loose from its chain. The dog owner was inside the house with my family and everyone could hear him cry.
She said residents and the dog’s owner were afraid to intervene and stood at a distance, crying for help.
Milani’s grandmother tried to pull the dog away and open his mouth, but failed.
“By then, the child had even stopped crying. Mbangi came out of nowhere with a jug of cold water and poured out the dog. So the dog let go of its head and ran away. Blood was everywhere and his head was damaged. Without the water, Milani would have died.
“We took her and the dog’s owner to a doctor who referred us to Khayelitsha day hospital. We called his parents who were at work and they came, ”Guzi said.
As the Cape Times visited the family on Sunday at Milani’s mother, Siyamthanda said the family were unhappy that law enforcement was called on Friday, but by Sunday afternoon they had not arrived .
“We want a negligence case investigated because we believe that if the dog owner’s yard had a gate, the dog would not have attacked the child. He’s a vicious dog and they should have taken extra care.
City law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dayson said their officers were dispatched on Sunday to investigate the complaint and take appropriate action under the Animal Law.
“Due to operational constraints over the weekend, there was a long delay in dealing with this complaint. We apologize for the inconvenience. The owners turned the dog over to the Animal Welfare Society on Saturday.
Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abrahams said the incident was linked to a violation of city regulations.
“These dogs are usually brought to the SPCA for safekeeping until law enforcement completes their investigation and makes a decision on the dog’s fate.
“The SPCA encourages responsible ownership of animals of all breeds, but Power breeds demand a greater level of responsibility. We are always so saddened when events like this happen. We send our best wishes to the child and look forward to his speedy and full recovery, ”said Abrahams.