Chantelle Uys of Mountain View in Pretoria stated in papers before the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that David van der Merwe of Claremont should have locked the dog up, as he knew the animal was dangerous.
The dog bit the child, Wian Uys, on the arm and hand. Although the incident occurred six years ago, the child still bears an unsightly scar on his arm. Experts said he would have to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the scar.
Wian and his father had been visiting his uncle on November 16, 2012, at the house he had recently moved into. The uncle rented the home from Van der Merwe, who lived in another house on the premises.
The dog was, according to Van der Merwe, safely locked away in the swimming pool area of the yard, so it was safe for the father and child to enter.