Woman mauled to death

2016-04-27 06:00
Mpho Mokoena. PHOTO: Supplied

Mpho Mokoena. PHOTO: Supplied

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NEIGHBOURS on Monday described the dogs that mauled to death a 32-year-old Montrose woman as “troublesome and extremely aggressive”.

Gathered outside the Braithwaite Road home, and all clearly expressing shock and dismay, they spoke about about the behaviour of the three dogs that had mauled the woman, their owner’s daughter, to death.

The residents described the dogs as aggressive and hostile, while claiming that a gardener was attacked by the dogs at the home a few weeks ago.

“The dogs are very aggressive and always fight among themselves. They have killed at least two other dogs in the area and neighbours have always complained,” a neighbour said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said just before 11 am on Monday, two adult Rottweilers and one Bull Mastiff mauled their owner’s daughter to death.

Ngobese said police had to shoot the dogs dead to gain access to the woman’s body.

The woman, identified as Mpho Mokoena (32), is believed to have been alone at the house where she lives with her parents and three-year-old son who was at his crèche when the incident occurred.

An eye witness at the scene detailed the horrific attack.

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was chatting to Mokoena through the fence about Mokoena’s fourth dog that went missing recently.

The resident said Mokoena was carrying a pipe and said she needed to use it when entering the back yard because she was afraid of their dogs.

While they were chatting, one of the Rottweilers jumped on Mokoena who pushed it away.

When the dog tried jumping on her a second time, she produced the stick and all three animals pulled her to the floor in a violent attack.

“They were vicious in their attack. They bit at her and ripped at her clothes. She was screaming and tried to throw them off but they overpowered her. I tried to throw things at the dogs and banged on the gate and tried to scream at the dogs to distract them,” the resident said.

“The more she [Mokoena] shouted, the more intensely they attacked her. I just wished I could have helped.”

The resident used a cellphone application to alert emergency services who arrived with police shortly after the distress call was made. A police source, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said when they got to the back of the house, one of the dogs was sitting calmly next to Mokoena’s motionless body, almost like it was “guarding” her.

“The only thing separating us from the dogs was a palisade fence and when they saw us, they went ballistic,” the officer said.

“They would not let us come over the gate and get anywhere near her [Mokoena]. I think the dogs were already hyped up after the attack and they saw us as a threat. They were already in pack form and probably would have taken us out too. It was daunting seeing her there but not being able to do anything.”

It is believed the police, in a team effort with paramedics, tried to drug the dogs by feeding them meat laced with morphine. However, this did not deter the animals.

The two Rottweilers then attacked the Bull Mastiff, sending it scurrying to another corner of the house.

Both Rottweilers, which during the fight came close to the fence where police stood, were then shot dead and the Bull Mastiff was cordoned off in the corner.

The Bull Mastiff was later shot under the instruction of Mokoena’s father.

“It was a gory scene. The dogs had ripped open parts of her leg, neck and head. She was dead before we could get to her,” the officer said.

The dogs’ bodies were sent to the Allerton Laboratory for a forensic autopsy.

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