Neighbour rescues boy, granny from pitbull

2013-06-26 00:00

AN Eastwood woman who rescued a young boy and his grandmother from a vicious pitbull yesterday, was thankful the police arrived when they did as the dog had turned on her too.

Zubbie Phillips (21) was watching TV when she heard a commotion outside.

Initially she thought it was the neighbourhood children enjoying their school holidays.

However, she then saw a dog biting and then shaking five-year-old Atoya Booysen’s arm. It had also attacked his grandmother, Alphina Row.

Phillips grabbed a broom from her house and attempted to chase the dog away from the child and his granny.

“People were watching them being attacked from their yards and no one was doing anything,” Phillips told The Witness yesterday.

“I took a broom and hit the dog, but it didn’t let go of the child. When I hit it a second time, it let go of him and was coming for me when a policeman shot it from behind me.

“They shot it in the head in front of me. When it was down, another policeman shot it again,” she said.

An ambulance took Row and Atoya to hospital. They were accompanied by family members.

Netcare’s Chris Botha said both were in a serious condition.

When The Witness arrived on the scene, about half-an-hour after the dog had been shot, it lay in a pool of blood, covered in a paramedic’s jacket, but still breathing.

When officers tried to move the dog, which had been shot twice in the head, it snapped its jaws at them.

The owner, who neighbours said is Row’s son, arrived home oblivious to what had happened.

When he saw the dog, he asked why it was left lying on the lawn outside his home.

“Why don’t you just finish it off instead of letting it suffer like that?” he asked

When approached by The Witness, he said he was not ready to comment.

Over an hour after it was first shot, the dog was finally put out of its misery, when a policeman shot it again, twice.

A neighbour said he had been attacked by the same dog in February.

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