A 5-year-old girl’s head was reportedly left severely scarred after she was attacked by a pit bull on Friday morning in Khayelitsha.
According to IOL, if it was not for the girl’s 10-year-old cousin Mbangi Guzi, who bravely came to her rescue, she could have died.
Milani had gone to remind her aunt, Lavisa Guzi, who lived in the same neighbourhood, not to forget to fetch her for school, as she (the aunt) normally dropped her off on her way to work.
On her way back home, Melani was attacked by the dog whose owners lived three houses away from where she stayed.
Residents and the dog owner were scared to intervene and stood at a distance, screaming for help, as the dog mauled her until she stopped crying.
“Mbangi came out of nowhere with a jug of cold water and poured the dog. That is how the dog let go of her head and ran away. Blood was just everywhere and her head was damaged. If it was not for the water Milani would have died,” her aunt Lavisa was quoted as saying.
Melani was rushed to hospital.
The owners handed the dog in at the Animal Welfare Society on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Milani’s family said they wanted a negligence case to be investigated.
In 2016, a one-year-old girl died after a pit bull attacked her in Hermanus.
EWN reported at the time that the family dog, a power breed, attacked the child and her grandmother for no apparent reason.
The girl suffered severe bite marks on her head and body.
The police’s Frederick Van Wyk said the pit bull, a family dog, was taken to Hermanus’ animal welfare and put down.