By Shellee Geduld, IOL
A young Cape Town man is dead after one of the pit bulls he owned mauled him to death.
Jason Waverly died on the stoep of his Retreat home on Sunday afternoon after one of his three dogs bit him in the neck.
But neighbours say they are not surprised that the fearsome dogs turned on Jason.
A neighbour says she often witnessed the 21-year-old being physically abusive towards the animals.
"Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon I saw him coming out of the house with one of the dogs on a leash then the smaller dog came and jumped through the gate," said the neighbour.
"Then when I looked again, he had all three dogs and he was going to take them for a walk.
"I told him it was dangerous and it wasn't safe for him to go alone with all three dogs but he didn't listen."
The neighbour said Jason often kicked and beat his pets.
"What happened is really tragic but it was just a matter of time before one of the dogs turned on him," the neighbour told the Daily Voice.
"He used to kick those dogs and hit them and you don't treat animals that way."
Steenberg police spokesman Warrant Officer John Bartlett said police were called to the Petal Street home at 2.50pm after a friend found Jason's bloody body on the stoep.
"It is alleged that the dog bit its owner in the neck," said Bartlett.
He added that the pit bull was taken away by the SPCA.
Steenberg police are investigating an inquest docket.
The SPCA's Allan Perrins said they were concerned about the amount of pit bulls on the Cape Flats but stressed that the breed made wonderful pets if treated properly.
"The deceased's family asked to remove the dog along with two other pit bulls and put them all to sleep," he said.
"Owners of this breed must be aware that most strive to dominate and at the first sign of weakness, they may react." - Daily Voice