On Tuesday, 25 April, a Pitbull mauled a woman in Seatides, KwaZulu-Natal, causing serious injuries.
Pitbull mauls woman causing serious wounds
The Tongaat operations centre of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) received a distress call at approximately 15:14.
They dispatched reaction officers immediately.
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Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found the woman with extensive bite wounds on both her legs, being treated by paramedics from a private ambulance service.
The victim was attacked while walking home from work, and was stabilised on the scene before being transported to a hospital by ambulance.
WHAT TO DO DURING A DOG ATTACK
Given the prevalence of dog attacks, www.wbur.org gives the following tips in the case of an attack.
- Protect your hands and arms by keeping them in front of your body.
- Avoid putting your hand near a fighting or attacking dog’s mouth and don’t touch the dogs where they could easily bite you.
- Do not attempt to grab collars.
- If the dog bites you and won’t let go, move your arm or body part into the dog’s mouth instead of trying to pull it out to prevent further tearing damage.
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- Prevent the dog from shaking your body if it does not release.
- If children are present, have them curl into a tight ball and stay still.
- Teach children to remain quiet, even if it’s difficult, to avoid increasing the excitement of the attacking dog.
- In worst-case scenarios, curl over your child to protect them.
- If the dog attacks your dog, avoid putting any part of your body between the two dogs.
- Use objects like chairs, umbrellas, or garbage can lids to separate the two dogs.
- When deciding whether to pick up your small dog, consider the situation and which option will minimize harm.
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- If you pick up your dog, try to place them between a barrier and yourself, or even toss them into a fenced area if necessary, being mindful that the attacking dog might be able to jump the fence.
- Avoid kicking or punching the dog if possible to avoid escalating the situation.
- Once the attack is over, immediately evacuate the area and do not turn back to try to regain control or find the owner.
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