Calls for action after spate of vicious dog attacks

Farouk Mohammed in hospital after surviving the dog attack with the brace that he now has to wear for six months



The dog attack on local interior designer, Farouk Mohammed (74) has left him physically impaired, unable to work and facing medical bills of over R100 000.00. Just last week a University of KwaZulu-Natal student was attacked by two Rottweilers on the local campus sustaining serious injuries.

In the midst of the city-wide crisis regarding vicious dogs and the threat they pose to the safety of residents, an inquest is unfolding  at the Magistrate’s Court into the death of eight-year-old who was mauled to death at his Howick home when the neighbours two Alsation cross-breed dogs escaped from their yard and attacked him.  At the time of the attack on James in 2015, Dudu Abraham, the operational manager for the uMngeni SPCA described the killer dogs as “extremely vicious” saying they had “clearly not been “properly socialized”. (See sidebar on the inquest).

Recounting his horrific ordeal Mohammed says he left his home in Bulwer Street and walked to the nearby home of a friend.

“The driveway gate was wide open and the entrance to the house was opened so I walked in” explained Mohammed. To his shock however, as he approached the front door, the owner’s two dogs launched an attack on him

“It was the most horrific experience you can ever imagine and even though the dogs were savaging me I had to think fast and used my left arm to protect my neck as the dogs went straight for my throat. I put my left arm over my neck and fell to the floor screaming for help as they were tearing into arm,” recounts Mohammed. His screams alerted the owner who with his son rushed in and managed to pull the animals off the visitor.

Mohammed was rushed to Medi-Clinic for an emergency operation lasting two-and-a-half hours.

“I was hospitalized for two days and my medical bills are already sitting at around R100 000,” says Mohammed. Since the attack he has been unable to work and has little mobility in his left arm.

“I cannot do anything at work besides cut with my right arm. I cannot work properly and we are approaching our busiest time of the year,” explained the downtown resident saying the aftermath of the attack has left him frustrated and battling to make ends meet,

To make matters worse Mohammed says he reported the attack to the police station hoping they would have the dogs put down but did not receive any support by the officers at the charge office.

“They told me that I was on the owner of the dog’s property and that I could not open a charge as I could be charged for trespassing,” says Mohammed.

The owner of the dogs Abdullah Dawood said they are planning to give the animals away.

Mohammed however says he doesn’t have faith in his friend’s promises.

“When I said that these dogs must be put down he said they would give them away but he vicious dogs are still there” said Mohammed adding that city authorities must take action against people who keep dangerous dogs.

Byrone Athman

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