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CAPE TOWN -- Police have decided not to lay any charges against the owner of two pit bulls that mauled to death an intruder in Cape Town this week.
They have, however, issued a warning to dog owners to act responsibly and within the law.
This after a video emerged of a suspected intruder mauled by two pit bulls in Cape Town.
Often unsuspecting pedestrians bear the brunt of vicious dog attacks, but locked gates with high walls and sufficient signage can prevent this.
"Negligence is when a reasonable person is supposed to do a reasonable thing but they dogs out of the yard, the negligent owner can face a charge of vicious dogs or indirect assault ... The owner might even face a charge of culpable homicide murder of the person passes on," says Nick Mngomezulu of the SAPS.
The video was met with mixed feelings.
While police say investigations are still ongoing, they warn that owners have a duty to uphold.
Dog attacks are not common according to officials.
Police say the victim Wayne Kayster later died in hospital.
The dog owner, who has asked not to be identified or interviewed, told eNCA that his dogs were not trained to kill, but to protect his property while he was not home.
The local Community Policing Forum says it's disturbed that a life was cut short, but doesn't blame home owners for protecting their properties from criminals.
Police say negligent owners may face culpable homicide charges.