Doctors are working to save a West Australian woman’s arm following a savage attack by her two pet Rottweilers in Perth’s southern suburbs on Saturday.
Nikita Piil, 31, suffered major blood loss and serious bite wounds to her limbs when her dogs Bronx and Harlem turned on her at her home in Success about 4.30pm.
She is currently in a serious but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital and will be in and out of surgery in the coming days as doctors try to save her arm.
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Neighbours tried to come to Piil’s aid, but said the dogs’ size made it a struggle to get them off Piil.
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“I didn’t have a knife, I didn’t have anything really good to take this dog out,” neighbour Bryn Spencer said.
“I only had a bat.
“All I could really do was just watch this girl get mauled apart.”
Nikita Piil was attacked by her two dogs at her home in Perth. Credit: Facebook
Other neighbours grabbed leaf blowers, hoses and bats in a bid to fight off the dogs.
Piil’s screams can be heard on footage captured at 4.45pm on Saturday, as police arrived.
Police attempted to taser the dog, but it didn’t stop the attack.
An officer used their gun to stop the attack given the dogs were “extremely aggressive” and the woman’s life was in danger, the Western Australia Police Force said.
Neighbours didn’t see what, if anything, prompted the animals to attack and has sparked calls for rottweilers to be restricted.
Four breeds are currently restricted in WA: Argentinian and Brazilian fighting Dogs, the Japanse Tosa, Pit bull terrier breeds and the Presa Canario.
One of Nikita Piil’s dogs has been put down while the second remains in ranger custody. Credit: Facebook
WA Premier Roger Cook said the state government would look at the incidents that led to the attack and consider options from there.
“I thank our first responders that took care of that situation,” he said.
“What we need to do is continue to educate dog owners and people in the community about the potential dangers of these sort of breeds.”
The RSPCA does not back bans, saying they do not prevent attacks. Experts say education is crucial for owners and their pets.
The main one: reading the different stages of aggression.
One of Piil’s dog has been put down, while the second dog remains in ranger custody.
“The dog will remain at the facility until investigations surrounding the incident are finalised,” City of Cockburn head of Community Safety and Ranger Services Michael Emery said.
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