Tragedy struck as a three year old boy from Glenwood, Pietermaritzburg, who was mauled by a pit bull this week, died in hospital of his injuries.

Shawn Herbst, Netcare 911 spokesperson shed more light on the incident. He said “The boy was fetched from school and dropped off at a friend’s house where a caregiver was present. Somewhere during that time, he was separated from her.”

Herbst said the boy was attacked when he went outside. He said “He suffered huge trauma to the head, face, neck, chest and hip area,” said Herbst. When paramedics arrived at the scene, the family of the badly injured boy was already there.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital.

Herbst added that “Later, we learnt he died from the severe injuries that he had sustained”.

It is unclear what sparked the attack, and whether more than one dog was involved. While initial reports stated one pit bull was involved, evidence is still being gathered as it has since emerged there were three dogs at the home.