Kingfisher Street in Horison looked like a scene right out of Stephen King’s movie, Cujo, when a boerboel managed to get out of its owner’s property and went on the rampage on the morning of 14 September.
It appears that the gate on the property encountered an obstruction when closing, which caused it to open again, leaving the front of the property exposed. The dog managed to get out of the property somehow.
His first victim was a woman walking past the house. Natasha Taljaard, who uses this road to drop her son off at school, said she saw the dog jump on the woman and start biting her. “I drove my car onto the pavement and tried to get the dog off her by bumping into it. I managed to bump him off and then hooted for the people in whose driveway this happened to open the gate and get the woman inside and away from the dog. I could not get out of my car to help, because the dog wanted to attack me too,” a shaken Taljaard said. Then a bakkie arrived and a woman got out, approached the dog and patted it. “I thought it was the owner of the dog as she went up to it and patted its head. However, the next moment the dog turned on her as well and started biting her. I drove to where the woman was, told her to get into my car and took her back to her vehicle. She then drove off saying she was going to the hospital,” said Taljaard.
Henk van der Berg from the Honeyhills Neighbourhood Watch said that the dog also tried to attack two cyclists but they got away by fending the dog off with their bicycles.
The dog also chased a scooter and bit another neighbourhood patroller on his arm and hand. “I tried to get the dog to leave oom Bobby alone by cornering it with my tow truck, but he went underneath the truck and continued his attack.
The SPCA then arrived and Inspector Mike Allen and trainee inspector Michelle Kok captured the dog and took it to the SPCA in Roodepoort.