Pit bulls maul owner's elderly dad to death

Published Jul 22, 2004


Pit bull terriers mauled an elderly Pretoria man to death on Thursday afternoon when they turned on him after he tried to separate them while fighting, police reported.

Inspector Percy Morokane said Daniel Jacobus van Vuuren, 79, was going about his routine feeding of his daughter's seven dogs at her home in Montana Park, Pretoria, when he was attacked.

"He was bitten on the neck, head and face as well as on his arms as he tried to ward them off," he said.

Van Vuuren's wife sat helpless in a car nearby, hearing her husband screaming, said Morokane.

A doctor arrived at the scene and certified Van Vuuren dead.

The couple's daughter was out at the time. Six of her seven dogs were pit bull terriers.

Police have opened an inquest docket. - Sapa

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