Welkom girl viciously attacked by 5 dogs

2013-01-11 09:05

Bloemfontein - A 17-year-old girl has been viciously attacked by a pack of dogs while on her way to a new school.

Modiehi Mashinini was walking to the school in Welkom through an open field when one dog stormed at her, reported Volksblad.

She managed to get away from the first dog but when she turned her head she saw four other dogs rush towards her.

“I was terrified. I thought they were going to kill me. I shouted and blocked with my hands but it didn’t help. The dogs later pulled me onto the ground and kept on biting me. I protected my face and neck. I couldn’t do any more and waited for them to kill me.”

Mashinini was eventually helped by an elderly man who heard her cries for help and threw stones at the dogs, chasing them away.

She was taken to hospital where an emergency operation was performed and more than 100 stitches were needed to mend the wounds to her feet, legs, hands, arms, back and sides.

The dogs were later caught by the SPCA and charges were being considered against the owners.

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-11 09:20

    This will not be a popular comment, but these animals needs to be put down. You can't have such aggressive and violent dogs with a reckless owner who let's them run around willy nilly. Damn man, this girl is just trying to get an education and this happens.

      Mary Milne Archibald - 2013-01-11 09:24

      I am a Dog lover (very un African) and I agree. Euthanase the dogs and fine the owners if they can be found.

      jannie.devos.56 - 2013-01-11 09:27

      I hear you. But I still believe that it is more the responsibility of the owners than the fault of the dogs. But it is serious problem and needs to be addressed. Maybe reinstate the old system of dog licenses and the dogs wearing license tags through which the owner can be traced? But it would be very difficult to implement/monitor, especially in townships.

      kvzanten - 2013-01-11 09:28

      put down the owners, not the dogs.

      hein.boucher - 2013-01-11 09:32

      More emphasis should be put on prosecuting the owner. This is an all too common occurrence, where people think that it is fine to not keep their animals behind secure gates and fences. The outcome is generally the same - an innocent passer by pays the price. The owner should be held accountable for all the medical expenses, fined, prosecuted and have the animals removed from his possession. An example should be set.

      Jane - 2013-01-11 09:33

      I too love animals, but also agree with you JJ. It is sad that the dogs have gotten to this point where they are now so vicious they will attack people, and sadly they are also probably beyond training. People need to take responsibility for the training of their dogs, I think alot of people don't realise how aggressive dogs can become, to the point where they will even kill people and other dogs.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2013-01-11 09:58

      I love dogs but these have obviously been allowed to run wild & have formed a pack. They have become feral and are not pets any more. Sadly I do think they need to be put down but the owners should be shot! And I am not sorry to have them shot! This poor girl has been through a terrifying ordeal that most of us cant even imagine. I hope she gets well soon and I hope she gets good counselling for as lon g as she needs it.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2013-01-11 10:02

      Has anyone noticed how quickly their dog can finish a leg of lamb bone? Our bones are much the same. Dogs are powerful and as a responsible owner you should make sure you take them for training. This doesnt mean that all dogs are waiting to gang up and attack us!!! Treat them with respect!

      surfing.sam.9 - 2013-01-11 10:52

      If the "open veld" belonged to the owner I do not think they would be able to do much against the owner and the dogs, if the dogs attacked her in the street, another story.

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-11 09:21

    Hope she mends soon. Typical story of irresponsible dog ownership; the owners are idiots and the dogs get to pay the price. This is a very short item, with not many facts, like why were the dogs not behind a fence? Why were they in an open field. Hopefully the dogs, having been removed, are rehabilitated and re-homed, rather than put down.

  • Simon Mphaki - 2013-01-11 09:29

    The owners have to face the music

      Bob - 2013-01-11 10:11

      I hope it's Justin Bieber that they're facing.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-11 10:57

      Nooooooooo-o-o-o-o-o!!!!!!! That's a too cruel punishment!

  • gill.heward.5 - 2013-01-11 09:31

    Seventeen dogs is an uncontrollable pack and separated and cared for, might even make good pets. The owners should charged with attempted murder and locked up, they should also pay for the young girl's medical expenses as well as for tutoring during her time of recovery.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-11 09:35

      Gill please read the article properly the girl is 17 years old and there were 5 dogs not 17 dogs

      zebedee.kok - 2013-01-11 09:39

      It wasn't 17 dogs it was 5. 17 is the age of the girl

      carolyn.dewrance - 2013-01-11 09:44

      there were not 17 dogs. the girls was 17years old and there were 4 dogs. and yes I agree the owners should be charged with attempted murder, but when they live in the townships, these people have hunting dog packs that go out to hunt for food, and maybe just maybe this young lady was close to there prey and they attacked her as they were protecting their food supply. Just a thought, I have seen these hunting dogs at work and it is quite scary.

  • rainbownationrsa - 2013-01-11 09:35

    I pray this young girl has a speedy recovery.

      Bob - 2013-01-11 10:08

      Yeah talking to yourself will definitely heal her wounds...

      coral.soar.9 - 2013-01-11 10:19

      Bob dont be an ass!!! I'm sure its a hell of a lot more than you're doing for her right now!

      willie.erasmus - 2013-01-11 10:41

      Seriously Bob!!!! Even if it is just a sentiment it is still a positive one. You need to get over yourself.

      pws69 - 2013-01-11 10:51


      Doep100 - 2013-01-11 14:24

      3x thumbs-down for this!? WOW come on people, have a heart. And Bob, this is not the time or place (and I'm atheist too).

  • kagiso.nuru - 2013-01-11 09:35

    people need to learn to control their dogs, so tht cases like this will not happen again. at least she lived to tell the tale.

  • faan.gerber - 2013-01-11 09:47

    My dogs are like my children. When I moved to a farming area from the city I was told in no uncertain terms that should my dogs wonder outside my property they will get shot. I understood that as there were thousands of sheep around. The owner should always be held responsible for his dogs.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-11 09:54

    If you can't keep your dog fenced in or under control, you should not be allowed to own a dog! This is such a sad story, but the owners must face the law

      Bob - 2013-01-11 10:01

      Definitely. They should be charged with nothing less than manslaughter.

      mike.down.5492 - 2013-01-11 10:32

      Err bob even though nobody died?

      VWhitepaw - 2013-01-11 10:36

      Manslaughter is when someone dies... Don't misunderstand me. The owners should be held responsible. Dogs are not suppose to run free in public arias.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-11 09:55

    Big dogs should be banned from roaming in suburban areas even on leashes. Just the other day I was cycling in our suburb when I saw an oldish lady walking in the middle of the road (probably afraid that the dog will pick up a fight with other dogs when walking on the pavement) with a big dog on leash. I saw problems coming and called out to her from about 10 metres off to keep her dog in check. When I came closer, it was just as expected as the dog was coming for me pulling the old lady along. Now, if didn't warn her beforehand she would not have been able to control the dog.

      Bob - 2013-01-11 10:00

      There's no reason why any dogs should be roaming the streets other than owner ignorance. Dog attacks aside, getting trash bags ripped open, dogs running around one's front yard and the general disturbance caused by dogs left to roam around is just as unacceptable.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-11 10:03

      The thing is, they walk their dogs on leash in the streets. Big dogs, they can't handle.

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2013-01-11 10:00

    This is terrible, the owners should be charged and the dogs put down. This is not right that they should be allowed to roam around. I pray that the girl gets well soon and that her wounds are healed. The owners of the dogs should be sued and pay compensation to her for her suffering.

      Bob - 2013-01-11 10:05

      The dogs did nothing wrong... they were just being dogs. If anyone should be put down it's the owners.

      coral.soar.9 - 2013-01-11 10:23

      I agree with Bob on this one - but sadly the dogs will probably be have to put down as i can only guess this is their way of life now. I hope the owners feel the full brunt of the law - make an example of them!

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2013-01-11 10:40

    Poor victim. Imagine the suffering the poor child must be going through. All because of an irresponsible owner. This was preventable ..... Irresponsible animal ownership is the cause of her victimisation. Irresponsible animal ownership must be regulated as these kinds of attacks are becoming very frequent ........Errant owners must be prosecuted for being irresponsible owners of animals ....

  • pws69 - 2013-01-11 10:43

    I hope she recovers soon and well. Scary experience. I've had everything from a Chihuahua to a Boerboel, and most times the dogs behaviour is a reflection of the owner. But it seems to me these dogs were wild, without an owner, which is also becoming a problem. Euthanasia is just addressing the result. We need to address the cause - through mass sterilisation. Check out this link. To the reporter, please take up this cause.

      Michele Klemp - 2013-01-11 13:13

      Agreed! if u want to breed u need to apply for a license otherwise your dog/s MUST be sterilised! too many unwanted and dumped dogs - then the dogs go ferril and people are surprised.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2013-01-11 10:52

    She is extremely lucky - being attacked by 5 DOGS must have been a horrific ordeal and still alive is a blessing!! The person who is the owners of these monsters should be held responsible and pay for all the hospitalization fees. Many people will be very unhappy of what has happened - NOT GOOD!!!

  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-11 10:53

    I am so sorry for this young girl - what a nightmare!I have never been bitten by a dog but I am terrified about being bitten! The onus and responsibility rests with dog owners. I do have dogs but they are well taken care of, a large yard to run around in and gates that keep them in. We love them and they are pets not wild animals! If they were to get out and attack anyone it will be my fault and there should be no excuses - when you have dogs you must not forget that there are people out there! And personally - I know my dogs wont bite people! Violence breeds violence - violent people should not be allowed to have dogs who become an extension of the family! The owners of these dogs must face and except all responsility!

  • freeda.juric.7 - 2013-01-11 12:12

    This is an on going problem in Welkom. I lived there 6 years ago and I never walked anywhere in Welkom without pepper spray. When I lived there a little boy was killed instantly when he was riding his bike a pit bull lept up and grabbed his throat. The owners need to be taken to task here. I have dogs, but they are safely locked in my yard. Wake up Welkom!!!!

      Michele Klemp - 2013-01-11 13:10

      as a matter of interest pepper spray will not work - im talking from personal experience. rather get a taser

  • craig.s.henry - 2013-01-11 12:56

    Dogs needs to be kept in a secure location, it's illegal to let your dogs loose on unfenced land,even if the property belongs to you.The owners are liable for this by law.

      Erna - 2013-01-12 06:52

      SAfricans are'nt generally known to abide by the law!

  • mialouw.fanclub - 2013-01-11 17:40

    This is terrible, my friends dog bit me last year and I fear any big dog . Put them down, I didn't insist on it because of my feelings towards my friend who ws in total shock too. Afterwards I heard that the dog is biting people in the street.

  • mulis.muli - 2013-01-11 19:12

    one white man told me,they cover a head of a dog with black blanket /cloth

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2013-01-11 21:23

    When attacked by dogs, run only if you're far enough away and confident you'll get to safety before they catch you. Otherwise, be calm and bluff them off using your height advantage. The trick is to hold something high overhead as if you'll throw it on them and avoid threatening behavior (eye contact etc) and prey behavior (hysterically waving your hands/kicking at the dog); dogs will usually be weary of you if you're holding something over their heads.

      veritas.odium.paret - 2013-01-11 21:29

      Ps, while this bluffing tactic HAS worked for me several times, it may not work if the dog is rabid or a trained attack/fighting dog. And it's main use is to stall off the dogs long enough for help to come or a weapon to be found as it doesnt mean the dogs will leave...

      Erna - 2013-01-12 06:49

      Easy to give this advice but difficult to follow when in the situation, especially when you are scared of dogs in the first place and have no experience in the handling of dogs.

      veritas.odium.paret - 2013-01-12 08:31

      I've already had several opportunities to try it and it's worked for me. Being afraid and/or hysterical is one sure way of maximizing the chances of being mauled, that you better keep in mind.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-13 15:52

    Shoot the dogs and the owner.

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