Four people were injured when they were attacked by dogs in Heidelberg, Gauteng police said on Thursday.
A newspaper distributor, a gardener, and two neighbours were attacked by two pitbulls on Wednesday afternoon, Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate said.
The dogs came out through an unlocked door and seriously injured the distributor while he was putting a newspaper in the post box.
“He was bitten all over his body, especially on his arms and legs,” Tshilate said.
The dogs then seriously injured a gardener, who was attacked when he went to help the man.
“He was bitten on his left leg and arms,” Tshilate said.
Two neighbours, an elderly man and a youth, were also attacked by the dogs when they tried to help the two men.
The youth was slightly injured and police were unable to confirm the extent of the elderly man's injuries.
The two men were taken to Heidelberg Hospital for medical treatment.
Police, who received a complaint about the attack, managed to subdue one of the dogs and took it to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for safety.
The owner of the other dog took it back inside the yard.