Six-year-old dies after dog attack at informal settlement in Pretoria

Police believe the dog jumped over a fence after which it attacked the young girl.

Police are investigating after a pitbull attacked a six-year-old girl in the Vergenoeg informal settlement near Atteridgeville on Monday.

The little girl succumbed to her injuries while in hospital.

Police spokesperson Mapula Rikhotso said it was believed that the dog hopped over the fence to attack the little girl.

“The incident happened around 18:45 on Monday.

“It’s not clear how it happened but investigations are underway.”

Rikhotso said an inquest docket has been opened.

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