The mother of a seven-year-old South African girl who was bitten on the knee by a bull terrier believes the "dog is racist". Pam Nkosi of Honeydew, north of Johannesburg, says her daughter was playing with other children when the dog ran into their yard and bit her daughter.
"I feel that the dog is racist. The way it behaved. It shows that it was not
familiar with other races." Nkosi said the dog's owner, Sean Norman, had not come to see the child nor
contributed to her medical bills. "I contacted emergency services who attended to the child before taking her
to a doctor.
"A nurse living in our complex suggested that we get the dog's
vaccination record," she said. "Since the owner was impossible, we had to get the police to intervene. We
discovered that the dog's owner had defaulted on vaccinations and this puts my
child at risk."
SPCA inspector Tarryn Smith did not want to comment on whether the dog was
"racist" or not but said all domestic animals behave differently because of
their upbringing. Smith further explained that they had suggested to the owner that he move the
dog because the wall surrounding the property was low.