City probes ‘Dog Shaman’

The City of Cape Town is investigating a dog behavioural specialist after his Rottweiler attacked a toddler on a Clifton beach earlier this week, according to the Cape Times.

The City’s Specialised Law Enforcement Services is looking into James Lech, who describes himself on his website as the “Dog Shaman” and “number one” in his field in South Africa.

The attack at a Clifton beach is the second incident involving Lech and one of his Rottweilers. Last year, one of Lech’s dogs mauled a toddler at a restaurant in a Hyde Park shopping centre in Johannesburg. The attack was caught on video.

According to his website, Lech “is a gifted and well-renowned dog behavioural specialist, who has achieved an extremely high dog physical and psychological rehabilitation success rate”.

It goes on to explain that he “applies his unique and special shamanic gift in animal communication and healing”.

“The dogs James has the benefit of working with become well-behaved and well-balanced provided the owners are committed to the application of the techniques taught by James.”

Lech is apparently a regular guest on morning TV Show Expresso on SABC3 and Radio 702’s Pet Care Line show. He has also guest starred on DSTV’s Kyknet show Woef.

Lech told the Cape Times: “I have been advised not to talk to anyone about this matter”.

Meanwhile, the girl mauled earlier this week underwent more than four hours of surgery on Wednesday night, before being discharged on Thursday.

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