Retired principal attacked and killed by her own four dogs


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE-A retired school principal (78) was attacked by her four dogs, while trying to rescue one of their visitor

Virginia Gupta, 78, the former principal of Leolo High School in Praktiseer outside Burgersfort, succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday at Dilokong Hospital.

The dogs were apparently intending to attack a visitor when this unfortunate incident took place on Friday, 19 January 2024, at  Praktiseer Leolo High School’s employees’ residence.

According to information, on the said day, the woman was at her home with her daughter, when they had a visitor and the dogs tried to attack the him.

In the process, the woman interjected trying to protect the man, but her dogs turned to her and bit  her. Her daughter then assisted her, and dogs turned away. She sustained injuries on her lower body.

She was not taken for medical treatment until, on Monday, 22 January 2024, when they decided to take her  to local hospital, unfortunately, later that day, she succumbed  to her injuries .

The Police were notified about the incident and opened a case of inquest for further investigations.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police  Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers strongly advised the community members, especially owners of pets, to  be careful with dogs around them and not to fully relax.

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