Man bitten in the face by a stray dog

A man was bitten in the face after he attempted to help a stray dog.  According to Sonia Knoetze, her husband Jacques was bitten on Saturday night.
Sonia said there had been three dogs roaming around in Marula Street. “We live in a complex and one of the dogs tried to get into the complex and got stuck in the gate. My husband tried to help free the dog, but it turned and bit him in the face as he was bending over.”


She said her husband was admitted to Mediclinic Nelspruit. “He had to have plastic surgery done on his face and have precautionary treatment for rabies.”
Mediclinic spokesman, Robyn Baard confirmed that Jacques had undergone surgery and was discharged on Sunday.
The SPCA’s Marcelle Hoffman said they only deal with cases of cruelty towards animals. “We are not dog catchers, that is the responsibility of the municipality.”
Nelspruit Post attempted to contact the dog catcher at the municipality but was told he was busy with courses all week and that there was nobody else to assist.
Mbombela municipality spokesman Joseph Ngala was unreachable at the time of going to press.
Members of the community tried to assist in finding the dog on Monday morning, but to no avail.

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Tereasa Dias

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