Cape Times

Domestic worker lucky to be alive after pit bull attack

- Sandiso Phaliso

Suffered head, legs and hand injuries. She can’t walk as a result

A DOMESTIC worker believes she is lucky to be alive after she was mauled by her employer’s two pit bulls in Monte Vista.

Khayelitsh­a resident Lilian Mkosi, 57, suffered head, legs and hand injuries during the attack.

She can’t walk as a result of severe pain.

Following the incident, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA chief executive officer Allan Perrins said the pit bulls have since been “put to sleep permanentl­y”.

“At the end of the day it remains a mystery why they attacked Lilian.

“It is hard to believe that they could inflict such bad injuries. She (Lilian) says there was no provocatio­n on her part.”

The dogs had been at Mkosi’s employer’s home for a week before they attacked her.

Speaking to the Cape Times, Mkosi said she had informed her employer Brent Chad that she was scared of the dogs and requested that they be put on a leash.

“He would not listen and insisted that I familiaris­e myself with them. ”

On July 29, the dogs grabbed her by the legs and forced her to the ground.

Chad was out playing golf, said Mkosi.

“The dogs went straight for the head and were after my neck, but I put my face on the ground.

“I screamed so loudly until a neighbour came and tried to pour water on them, but they would not let go of me. The neighbour shot several shots in the air, but still they would not let go.”

Later paramedics, police and private security guards were at the scene “but no one came closer until the neighbour threw raw meat on the floor in an attempt to divert their attention”. Mkosi spent six days in Groote Schuur Hospital before she was discharged.

Mkosi said it was not enough that Chad had promised to pay for her medical bills, but he was not taking action as she struggled to put food on the table since the attack.

Chad said he was sorry forwhat happened and he would compensate “much more than that (R160 a day)”.

“What happened to her is very terrible.”

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