The mother of a seven-year-old girl is claiming that a dog who bit her was “racist.”
Pam Nkosi said her daughter was bit in the knee by Sean Norman’s bull terrier when it snuck into the yard while she was playing with her friends. She said the fact that the dog immediately went to her child and bit her on the knee was an indication that it was racist.
Nkosi said the terrier went after her child because it was unfamiliar with other races.
“I feel that the dog is racist. The way it behaved. It shows that it was not familiar with other races,” she said.
While the dog is being accused of racism, the owner is being accused of ignoring the problem, as he would not contribute to the hospital bills and did not bother to check on the girl.
“Since the owner was impossible, we had to get the police to intervene. We discovered that the dog’s owner had defaulted on vaccinations and this puts my child at risk,” Nkosi said.
Norman also allegedly said the dog did not attack the girl, and that Nkosi’s daughter hurt her knee by falling into a hedge. He then blamed another dog for biting her.
An agent for SPCA does not know if the 7-year-old girl was attacked by the dog, but they are currently investigating it.
Karen Jacobs, Warrant Officer, said they are looking into the matter.
“The investigating officer is currently obtaining statements after which the case docket will be handed in for a decision at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court,” she said.
Victoria Stilwell, a dog psychologist, and Linda Michaels, a dog trainer, say it is impossible for dogs to be racist.
“Although a dog may appear to be ‘racist,’ that’s not possible. Racism requires complex thinking and other high cognitive functions that canines simply don’t possess,” they said.
“A dog may react in fear-based aggression to a person of color for two reasons: 1. insufficient positive associations in early socialization to people of all races, 2. a traumatic incident with a person of color that has now generalized to all people of color.”