Woman laments injuries

2018-11-21 06:01
Some of the severe injuries Pinkie Angelinah Masemene (37) sustained to one of her legs after allegedly being mauled by three pit bull terriers. Photos: Supplied

Some of the severe injuries Pinkie Angelinah Masemene (37) sustained to one of her legs after allegedly being mauled by three pit bull terriers. Photos: Supplied

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A Glen Resort woman, Pinkie Angelinah Masemene (37), says she feels stranded after the owner of three dogs that allegedly mauled her has neglected to take responsi­bility.

The woman, also known as Seipati, is gradually recovering from severe injuries inflicted during what she claims to have been a vicious attack by three pit bull terriers.

These dogs reportedly attacked Masemene at Cor­nelius Farm on 25 May. It is believed that the three dogs belong to the farm owner.

When contacted by Express regarding the incident, the suspected owner of the dogs, whose name is known to Express, responded briefly saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”

Repeated efforts to get clarity on whether the dogs indeed belong to him, were futile.

Annah Makole, the victim’s mother, says the last time they saw the owner of the dogs was at the Universitas Hospital in May, shortly after the incident.

“We were at the Universitas Hospital with my husband and daughter’s boyfriend during a visit. He promised to take responsibility for what the dogs had done to my daughter. However, I have been struggling since then to get hold of him. We have not seen him since my daughter was discharged from hospital,” says Makole.

She says they gave the owner of the dogs the benefit of the doubt when he undertook to take responsibility, but believe they are now left with no option but to take legal action.

On the day of the alleged attack by the three dogs, Masemene was accompanying two school children, aged seven and ten, to the bus stop.

Masemene says she is lucky to be alive after the attack by the pit bull terriers and that the dogs did not go for her throat while she was on the ground.

She says the two children ran for their lives while the dogs were mauling her.

“The children ran to people on the farm to ask for help. I was taken to hospital by the farm supervisor after the ambulance did not show up after long hours of waiting.”

In hospital Masemene was operated on and she received stitches to her left arm, which was badly injured. She also sustained severe injuries to both legs and thighs, and her stomach.

Although Masemene’s condition is currently stable, she complains bitterly about pain and that she is struggling to use her left hand.

Injuries to her leg were so deep that there were serious concerns that it might have to be amputated.

Masemene says she lost her job after she was not able to return to work after being mauled by the dogs.

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