The family of a Perth woman, who was seriously injured in a savage attack by her two pet Rottweilers, have broken their silence a week after the horrific incident.
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 on Saturday, September 16.
She is currently in a serious but stable condition at the Royal Perth Hospital.
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The Piil family have since broken their silence, detailing more information about the attack.
“Our family have been trying to avoid publicity as this is a very tough time for us and we do not want our darling Kita to re-live what has recently happened,” Natasha Piil wrote on the Go Fund Me page organised to help support Nikita.
“We want her story to get out there when she’s ready.
“She loved and adored her dogs, and her friends and family have witnessed how much they loved her too.”
Nikita Piil often posted about her two dogs Bronx and Harlem on social media. Credit: Facebook
Natasha explained that Nikita got “caught in a crossfire” before the incident happened.
Natasha wrote, “Unfortunately she got caught in a crossfire calming her dogs down due to an incident within the neighbourhood. There’s more to this story…
“We know that times are tough and we appreciate any donation to get her through this difficult time,” Natasha said.
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Meanwhile, speaking to the West Australian, the breeder who sold Harlem as a puppy to Piil said she was devastated by the news but believed the dogs were well cared for.
The woman, who was not named, said it was unlikely that a Rottweiler would attack someone for no reason.
“I think that in this instance, there must have been a dog fight between the two dogs and I feel that maybe the owner has got involved to try and separate the dogs and somehow gotten in between it … That’s how I possibly think it’s happened,” she said.
“It’s not a temperament issue in the dog, it’s obvious something’s happened between the dogs on that particular day.”
Neighbours attempted to come to Piil’s aid, with some using leaf blowers, hoses and bats to fend off the dogs.
Nikita Piil remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Credit: Facebook
“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.”
Police attended the incident and attempted to taser the dog, however, were unsuccessful.
An officer then 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.
It’s still unclear what prompted the dogs to attack their owner.
One of Piil’s dogs 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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