Fireworks: Woman bitten in the face as she rescues impaled dog

2009-10-15 00:00

A NORTHDALE woman suffered serious facial injuries when she saved a terrified dog, which had impaled itself on a fence, as it tried to escape from fireworks.

Gleno Pillay needed stitches to her face on Tuesday after the neighbour’s dog turned on her and bit her. She was bitten on her cheeks, chin and lip.

She said Cuddles, a two-year-old Jack Russell, was pierced in the stomach by the railing when it tried to jump through the fence.

It endured excruciating pain when it was caught by the railing on his underbelly, and was left hanging there unable to free itself.

“A friend called me to assist, and when I got there, the dog was howling in pain.

“I tried to rescue it but because it was in so much pain it became aggressive and turned on me, biting me in the face.”

Pillay had to be taken to hospital afterwards and received at least five stitches in her face.

She said she was not bitter about the incident; nor will it change her perceptions about animals.

“The dog was in a lot of pain. I believe it became aggressive because it was reacting to the pain.”

Roland Moodley, Cuddles’s owner, freed the dog. He said he was grateful for what Pillay had done.

He blamed the fireworks that were being let off in in his neighbourhood for the injuries that his dog suffered, saying the dog was probably fleeing from them when it was injured.

Moodley said Cuddles, who underwent a stomach operation yesterday, is likely to pull through, but because of the injuries he sustained, his leg might have to be amputated.

Maureen Vida of the SPCA said people should not use fireworks around animals because they get traumatised.

She urged people to take precautions. “People can either keep the animals indoors or … give them tranquillisers, which are obtainable from private vets.”

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