A rottweiler owned by “Africa’s number one dog expert” and self-styled “dog whisperer” mauled a child in an upmarket Johannesburg mall.
James Lech, who describes himself on his website as “Africa’s #1 and Dog Expert” [sic], had the “rehabilitated” dog with him in the Hyde Park c entre on Monday when the incident occurred around 1pm.
Sadie Kukkuk, 4, was having lunch with her grandparents at JB River’s restaurant at the table next to Lech and his canine friend which he claimed, after the incident, was a “service dog” . Security camera footage shows the rottweiler launching forward, grabbing the child and pulling her backwards.
Lech claims the toddler accidentally tramped on the dog.
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But dog whisperer and owner, James Lech said, “My dog ‘nipped’ the child as a reaction to assault.”
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