Dog to be put down after mauling toddler – owner

THE owner of the dog that mauled a two-year-old girl on Clifton beach last month has decided to have the animal “privately euthanased” rather than city officials having to put the dog down.

“I can state… that I am labouring under severe personal anguish. I understand the pain of the little girl, her family and everyone… involved,” James Lech said in an open letter last night.

The man who calls himself the “Dog Shaman” is under investigation by the city after his Rottweiler mauled Bridgetown toddler Meeka Riley Lackay, who had to undergo more than four hours of surgery after the attack.

The girl’s mother, Channell Riley Lackay, said yesterday: “Meeka is doing okay.”

Beverley Schafer, DA ward councillor for the Atlantic Seaboard, said the dog would be released today to a vet where it would be put down.

Cape Times 2 February 2012

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