A Perth woman sent to hospital with major injuries after she was savagely set upon by her pet dogs, prompting responding police to shoot one of them, says she is “broken” by their absence.
Neighbours used leaf blowers, hoses and bats to deter rottweilers Harlem and Bronx, but emergency services were forced to deploy a firearm when it was clear Nikita Piil’s life was in danger.
Bronx was shot and put down shortly after the terrifying ordeal at Piil’s Success home on September 16.
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Harlem was euthanised the following month, having been declared a “dangerous dog”.
Four months on, Piil, 31, says she is still grieving the loss of her beloved pets.
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“My existence is forever altered, irrevocably changed in your absence, I’m broken. Harlem and Bronx,” she said.
According to reports, she added: “No words can aptly capture the torment that engulfs my heart.”
“Harlem and Bronx — you made life worth living. I will never stop loving you.”
Before their deaths, Piil had shared several social media posts demonstrating her affection for her two dogs.
Her sister Natashs Piil said friends and family had “witnessed how much they loved her too”.
“Unfortunately, she got caught in a crossfire calming her dogs down due to an incident within the neighbourhood,” she said.
Nikita Piil says she is broken over the absence of her pet dogs Bronx and Harlem. Credit: FacebookNikita nearly lost her arm in the brutal attack, and suffered serious infection complications after the incident. Credit: GoFundMe/ Facebook
Piil sustained bite wounds, major blood loss and also suffered complications from canine bacterial infection.
Family revealed Piil almost died on several occasions and was previously fighting to keep her arm.
The attack triggered discussions over the safety of certain breeds. The dogs are not the only pets WA Police have been forced to shoot in recent months.
An officer and a man being taken into custody were sent to hospital for treatment after they were mauled during an arrest at a property in Stratton, in the city’s northeast, in early January.
The French mastiff x Great Dane died at the home.
It was owned by Rob Dale, of Aussie Gold Hunters fame, although there is no suggestion the TV personality was involved in the alleged crimes.