Woman bitten 122 times by dogs

2013-04-17 11:03

Bloemfontein - A Free State woman was seriously injured after she was attacked by three dogs in Brandfort.

Sonja Coetser, 25, was in a serious but stable condition in hospital in Bloemfontein on Tuesday after undergoing an operation, reported Volksblad.

She was walking down the street at about 23:00 on Monday to visit her husband Jacques, 31, who was working as a security guard at a Spar supermarket, when the dogs attacked her.

A neighbour, Jenny Visagie, said Coetser “crawled like a baby over the road with the dogs on top of her”.


“It was terrible. It was a big bloodbath. We tried to help but couldn’t get the door open.”

Her daughter said they couldn’t stop the dogs and had to watch as the dogs “ate” Coetser.

"The big dog had her arm, the second one bit her from behind on the head and the little one was biting her leg,” said Mikaela Visagie, 17.

The attack lasted about half an hour and only stopped when police arrived to chase off the dogs.

Coetser’s husband said his wife was in a bad state after the attack.

“I’m furious about what happened. I think it would be best to put the dogs down because next time it might be a child and maybe the child won’t survive,” he said.

The owners of the dogs - a boxer, American fighting dog and a fox terrier - were not at home at the time of the attack.

  • Karen Tarbett Hawkey - 2013-04-17 11:14

    Get well soon Sonja! Having been bitten (nothing like you were though!) I know it will take some time to heal ... my thoughts and prayers are with you! What I don't understand, is how the attack lasted 1/2 and hour and nobody came to your rescue?!?!

      Claudia Rush - 2013-04-17 11:37

      Exactly... Some people will help others in example during the Boston BOMBINGS people were trying to save others... and some will look on...describing it in detail afterwards.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-17 13:24

      I see a huge lawsuit coming - and rightly so. People who keep these breeds must be held responsible...

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-17 11:16

    What were the dogs doing outside? They should be locked in the yard. These dog owners must be sued for attempted murder, as they are vicious, and were left outside. Makes me so angry.

      Lydon Daniel McGrane - 2013-04-17 11:25

      It annoys me seeing how many dog owners let their dogs roam free. One can't even take one's dog for a walk without fear of some dog that has been let loose causing a fight.

      Paul Christian Gibbon - 2013-04-17 11:37

      So right. Sue them and get them ravage animals put down. Make an example now

      Marlene Brown-waterson - 2013-04-17 12:08

      time we stopped blaming the animals. were they fed, watered and loved or cared for at all. Look at the reason behing this pse

      Tobie Schalkwyk - 2013-04-17 13:51

      Marlene when dogs roam the streets in a pack, there behaviours become unpredictable. That's why they should be behind a fence! All the owner's fault!

  • Alcide - 2013-04-17 11:17

    Goodness Gracious! Boxers will never do that if trained properly. Neither would the Foxterrier! I feel so sorry for the woman. The dogs obviously were raised to be killers.

  • willbeonekenobi - 2013-04-17 11:18

    Now we are going to have people saying that all dogs are bad. The owner of the dog is responsible for the behaviour of the dog and must regularly train them then we wouldn't be reading stories like this.

      Jo Davies - 2013-04-17 11:21

      In these cases, it's the dogs that suffer, with little happening to the owner.

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 11:25

      I agree - It is the owners, not the dogs. All dogs can be vicious if not trained properly. Not only large breeds! Even dachshunds and maltesers! Dogs should be locked up safely always! Especially those with known behaviour problems.

      Tobie Schalkwyk - 2013-04-17 13:53

      You can never say with 100% certainty how your dog will behave when not with you. That's why they should be locked in!

  • fragtion - 2013-04-17 11:19

    Half an hour of 3 vicious dogs attacking, and the person survives? wow...? :O

  • Jo Davies - 2013-04-17 11:19

    Very tragic. Owners need to be responsible with their animals. The dogs should have been locked in the yard. If you cannot make sure that happens, you do not have the right to own a dog. Get well soon Sonja.

  • Faith Keabetswe Leburu - 2013-04-17 11:19

    PUT THE DOGS DOWN THEY ARE VICIOUS... Even how did they get out of the yard if the owners were not home, charge them with negligence as well!

  • Mpho Molise - 2013-04-17 11:22

    aysaan! yeah, put 'em all down. I reckon the owners should partial the blame.

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-04-17 11:23

    Seriously!!! For half an hour everyone let her get bitten like that!! What a bunch of idiots! To scared to go outside and help her. Really!! Well done fellow residents of that area wow!! The owner of the dogs should be charged and locked up. If that was my wife......

      Anduline Budricks - 2013-04-17 12:19

      This also happened to me, when i was 12, i was walking my puppy and a dog jumped over the gate, and this dog attacked me, and the owner was standing at the gate in her yard, and just look at me while her dog is attacking me, so i got away, told my mom, lol jis my mom ran to this women, she was about to drive away so my mom screamed at her

  • Richard Smith - 2013-04-17 11:24

    Now,I wanna hear the animal rights and SPCA's opinion on this.

      Tuner - 2013-04-17 11:57

      Cannot see what it has to do with the SPCA? It an issue concerning the irresponsibility of the dog owners, so rather ask what are the police going to do about this!

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 12:44

      Tuner, dogs are not born vicious. They are RAISED vicious and it takes a LOT to make a dog angry. For these dogs to behave like this means they are being mistreated... hence the SPCA needs to investivage them.

      Tuner - 2013-04-17 14:09

      Sunnyboy, that is still not a SPCA matter. How are they going to prove it and anyway making them vicious is not being cruel. You know what SPCA stands for??

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-04-17 11:26

    What exactly is an "American fighting dog?" An American Pitbull perhaps? A recent article on this site claimed effectively that all dogs were equal with regard to behaviour - and levels of aggression depended entirely on how they were treated by their owners. That may be so, but nevertheless certain reeds are responsible for the majority of attacks on humans. If memory serves, they are Pitbull terriers, Dobermans, Rottweilers and Boxers. Pitbulls in particular are renowned for their aggression - and I ask you, if you had a child at home, would you have a Pitbull? Personally, I think they should be banned,as they are in UK!

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-04-17 11:28

      Sorry, typo. Meant to say "certain breeds" not "reeds!"

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 11:32

      American Pitbull Terriers are known to develop issues, IF not trained properly or raised by people who use them for scrapping (fighting). If raised in a loving home, these incidents are rare. Actually you have a bigger chance of being injured by a small breed than by any of those you just mentioned. Strangely the Chichuaua and Pekingnese are the actual biters (luckily they can't cause much damage)

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 11:32

      Richard Vigus - 2013-04-17 11:39

      Jeremy, I have a pitbull and its the most loving dog. You have problems with them if they are inbreeded with different breeds and if the owners cant handle and raise them properly. Please keep your comments about pitbulls for yourself as you sure as hell have no knowledge about the breed at all.

      Lisa Gouws - 2013-04-17 11:40

      Do not, I repeat, do not make comments that you know nothing about. If they were brought up in a loving environment I PROMISE YOU, they would not just run up to a person and attack so aggressively unless provoked which I highly doubt is the case in this situation.

      Gino Mystico Thomas - 2013-04-17 11:52

      Pitbulls are one of the most loving dogs if treated right, not all pitbulls are raised the same so don't generalize on a breed you don't understand anything about. I have TWO pitbulls and a staffy at home with no problems at all. It all comes down to the way you raise you dog,(Any breed of dog)

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-04-17 12:08

      Alcide, Gino, and Richard, I'm fully aware that a dog raised in a loving family will probably behave accordingly, but nevertheless, a pitbull is more likely to go off the rails than most other dogs. It IS banned in UK for that reason - and I notice none of you have answered my question about children and pitbulls. I notice also that you're all incredibly defensive about them. Oh and by the way, I have been involved in training dogs on a semi-professional basis - so I do have some idea of what I'm talking about!

      Alcide Herveaux - 2013-04-17 12:22

      Jeremy - I own Boxers not Pitbulls. I would never leave my Boxers unsupervised with kids under 7, as they are a very boisterous breed, that can knock over kids and old people (not known to bite, unless provoked). Pitbulls do make great family pets, from what I have read. Same principle should apply. Don't leave kids unsupervised. Apparently Chichuaua's, Pekingnese and Dachshunds are less friendly with small kids than APT. But I don't own one, so I can not give a personal observation.

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 12:28

      From the web Jeremy : "The American Pit Bull Terrier is touted as a loving dog who loves all people-children not excepted. Breeders say that the APBT especially loves children and become very devoted watchers of their 'wards'. In fact, the dog has in the past been referred to as the "Nanny's Dog". Pit Bulls love to play and rough-house. Breeders say this makes them ideal children's dogs because they crave high-energy outlets as much as children do, and are not phased by the rough-play of children. The only caution breeders of American Pit Bull Terriers give is that because of their large size, small children become easily overwhelmed with their high-energy, exuberance, and bumps, and sometimes young children do not take to the dogs well. Of course, as with any breed, children must learn how to act around APBT's and must know the ground-rules in order to be safe among them (i.e., not disturbing sleeping or eating dogs, etc.). "

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 12:29

      More from the web : " The smallest of all dog breeds, the Chihuahua seems to maintain an urge to overcompensate for its size. Under six pounds at maturity, these quivering balls of nerves are especially unsuitable for homes with children. They are known to bond intensely with their owners to the point of obsession, lashing out viciously at anyone else who approaches, including larger dogs. More than anything, Chihuahuas are a victim of their masters, allowed and even encouraged to perpetrate behaviors which would never be tolerated in a larger dog. Called ‘small dog syndrome,’ this can only be overcome if the owner is willing to demand respect. Chihuahuas suffer a litany of health problems, probably due to a certain amount of inbreeding early in their history necessary to achieve their tiny size." To conclude if I had children I would rather have an APBT than a chihuahua, if I had to choose between the two.

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 12:46

      When I was a child, we had a Doberman cross Rottweiler and she was the most gentle, loving animal who NEVER bit us or any other dog. Your comment is ignorant. We have friends who have lots of dogs, a pitty included and she just wants to sit in your lap and be loved. As I always state, it is NEVER the dog and ALWAYS the owner.

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 12:48

      Oh and to answer your question, we have family friends who have a pitbull and a seven year old and they've had the dog since he was two. Is that a good enough answer? I took in a Jack Russel who was very vicious, bit everything that came near him BUT he was abused. After being in a LOVING home for a couple of years he was like a lamb.

      Shoneen Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-04-17 12:53

      We have a pitbull and my mother-in-law was a breeder of pitbulls and they are the most loving (and protective) dogs. We even have a photo of my daugther when she was 3 years old surrounded by 5 pits around a small table playing tea and letting them share 1 ice cream lolly by giving them each a turn to lick it. Pitbulls are never a problem as long as they are pure breds and raised in a loving and trained - just like ANY other dog.

      Duits - 2013-04-17 12:54

      Have to disagree with you I have two Pitbulls one is 6 the other a pup of 4 months, they are the most loving and obedient dogs, my youngest grandchild is 3 and the dogs adore him, I must say they are also well disciplined and well trained.

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-04-17 13:07

      Finally, for all of you disagreeing with me, I refer you to another article on this site titled "Which dogs are most likely to bite." They are as I said...."Pitbulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers - and one I missed out, German Shepherds. One thing I'll say about the latter is that they're way more intelligent than the others and thus more easily trained and reliable. But please stop defending the indefensible. I know what I'm talking about.....

      Kevin Kannemeyer - 2013-04-17 13:37

      Jeremy such a sad comment you manufactured from thin air...I played a lot of Flight Simulator back in my younger days so I would say that I flew planes on a (as you put it) "Semi-Professional basis". That still dose not mean that I am going to comment on things "aviation"... I have a APBT and he is the most lovable and loyal dog ever...we have two very small cats and he cant get enough of his buddie and she loves him even more..He knows that when him and I play he can get rough but realises that there is a limit no matter how much I "bully" him...he is even more gentile when my wife gives him some attention and the softest touch when him and the cat play together... Did you know that one of the top 10 dangerous dogs in the world is a Dalmatian??? would you trust your kids with one?...should we not ban them too? about we make a list of the top 10 Dangerous dogs in SA and ban them all....! Do you know what will happen then? The breeds that came in 11th to 20th on the list will be the new top 10...and so on ...What will you do then? People breed and Train dogs...Dogs look for a pack leader and follow..The owner is that leader, therefore the owner is wrong!!!! But I guess, THAT, understanding of dog breeds, is what separates the "semi professional dog trainers" from the Professionals hey?

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-17 13:53

      Just something I have noticed when various topics on dogs arise: Why do dog owners assume they have so much knowledge and expertise on dogs? Owning a dog, or perhaps a few dogs over some years, does not make you an expert, not even close. At best you might have some very basic knowledge. Yet dog owners will speak with such authority. I'm not fighting - it's just an interesting observation, and having worked professionally with dogs for many years, some of the things these dog owners come out with are laughable.

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 14:07

      Jeremy I coudldn't help but notice that you were so quick to tell people they didn't answer your question re pitties and children, but when you got answers you completely ignored them. I think you need to spend some time with those breeds of dogs to learn that there is nothing wrong with them. You have been brainwashed by what OTHER people claim are vicious dogs. A German Shepard? Really? We've had FOUR of them, they are the most loyal dogs you will ever get. Geeze man, you really need some educating. The most vicious dog we've ever had was a Spaniel, if you wish to believe. She would take on our staffies, bite us... we've had GSD's, Staffies, Miniature Dobermans, even a Shar Pei (a Chinese Fighting Dog) and we had no problems with any of them (except the Spaniel). Again, you really need some educating on dogs and behaviour problems.

  • Calvin Greenwood - 2013-04-17 11:28

    the owners of the dogs are also

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 12:34

      Dont insult the

  • Andre Lovember - 2013-04-17 11:28

    It's the owners' responsibility...we can't blame the dogs! Put the owner down.

      Richard Smith - 2013-04-17 11:47

      What if by some chance the dogs found an obscure hole in the fence (maybe cut by robbers).Bottom line is we do not know the full facts of how the dogs got out of the yard.FACT-these dogs tried to kill a woman.What have you to say about that???

      Tuner - 2013-04-17 12:02

      Fact, you seem to possess a bird brain! Sure, thieves are going to make a hole in a fence into a yard with vicious dogs. It is the dogs owners fault, since it is his responsibility.

      Richard Smith - 2013-04-17 12:33

      FACT-you and I do NOT know how the dogs got out into the street so all blame-games are not backed up buy any evidence at the moment.Here is something to chew on-is it not feasible that robbers here in SA can get into a police station full of armed cops in there intending and succeeding to steal safes and guns???If it is possible to you then I am sure it is also feasible that robbers can cut a residential fence into a yard with vicious dogs.From what is in the above report I can only feel for the poor woman and blaming anyone is secondary to me right now.

      Tuner - 2013-04-17 12:43

      Rich, you are right! We do not know how the dogs got out and that is immaterial. The fact is they got out of a yard and since they were obviously vicious and the owner should have made sure with such dogs, that they would not get out. If they do, then it is his fault, not the dogs.

  • Calvin Greenwood - 2013-04-17 11:32

    The owners of the dogs - a boxer, American fighting dog and a fox terrier - were not at home at the time of the attack. - seriously the owners are real says

      Jo Davies - 2013-04-17 12:11

      Well spotted!

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 12:37

      ahhhh!good spotting, Bit slow this morning, must be the weather- :)

  • Lisa Gouws - 2013-04-17 11:36

    I am disgusted by some of the comments blaming the dogs. They were raised that way. Dogs don't just attack and that with the intention of killing. It is unusual. They need to investigate where these dogs live and who has been training them to be aggressive and to fight. Solely the owners fault.

      Richard Smith - 2013-04-17 11:52

      ...and not even mention of the poor innocent woman who was almost killed by these dogs,your focus is on defending these dogs.Where the heck is your humanity???Oh,I know,the dogs ate it.

  • Jonathan du Toit - 2013-04-17 11:38

    American fighting dog? Seriously???

      JdT - 2013-04-17 11:49

      Pitt Bulls aren't fighting dogs anyway! Any dog can be a fighting dog, It's not bred into them, it is taught!

  • Klipkop de Groote - 2013-04-17 11:40

    No such thing as bad dogs, only bad owners.

      Karl van Rooyen - 2013-04-17 12:13

      Absolutely true

  • Meagan Wessels - 2013-04-17 11:46

    The dogs must be put down.

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 12:03

      Not so quick! They need to be taken away from the owners, evaluated by a professional and should be rehabilitated and rehomed if the rehab was a success. If that does not work, other measures could be taken.

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 12:41

      Sorry Meagan,think you made a typing error there- didn't you mean owners, not dogs.............

  • Monika Klose - 2013-04-17 11:51

    I don't think the dogs should be put down because of a human mistake!! If the dogs were in their yard non of this would've happened!! This is the owners' fault seeing that the dogs are their responsibility. Must have been a terrible experience! And the fact that people stood by and watched without trying to help is just unbelievable!!

  • Les Tupper - 2013-04-17 11:54

    owners...get it together!

  • Nebulash - 2013-04-17 11:57 is it that nobody tried to help...a kick in the ribs and any dog will release...I think the owners need to be sued for not having the dogs securely locked in the yard.

  • Justin Rose - 2013-04-17 12:02

    Should put the owners down! now the dogs will pay the price for the lack of responsibility. If you have dogs, period, you must ensure that they cannot roam outside the perimeter of one's property. Hope the owners are punished and sued

  • zoe.j.ward.7 - 2013-04-17 12:05

    How does someone watch that for half an hour and do sweet FA! "because they couldnt get out the door" what a load of BS. And I agree the owner needs to take responsiblity.. Boxers are not aggressive dogs at all (they actually very daft) so there must be something behind this story. No matter the breed pf the dogs, they are trained to be like this.

  • Nosiphiwo Sikolakhe - 2013-04-17 12:06

    she must sure the ownerz of the dog finish and klaar!

  • Nicola Dee Van As - 2013-04-17 12:12

    What the hell is an American Fighting Dog? Please News24 make sure info is correct. Also, calling the dog a fighting dog one automatically thinks badly of it. People would be surprised at the boxer and foxy, but naturally think it's the fighting dog.. There isn't even a breed called that. On another note, I hope Sonja that you get well soon. thoughts to you and your family. To the owner of the dogs, you should be ashamed. These dogs were out of your property and attacked a person. This is your fault unfortunately. Now the dogs have to be put down because of human carelessness.

      Jurie Grobler - 2013-04-17 14:34

      American Pitbull terrier or American Bulldog or Amercan Staffordshire Terrier, alot of similarities between them.

  • Toi Toy Story Mtshali - 2013-04-17 12:19

    I've seen something like this happen to a child I jumped in the dog focused on me but luckily I had a stick and I took two hard swings at it. This is sad and people shld have done something 30 min is too long not to react. I still hv flashback of the incident. As for owners and dogs the law must come hard on them.

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 12:49

      the problem is- always the dogs suffer and the owners get away with a slap on the wrist-maybe pay medical bills, that's all. These Aholes should never ever be allowed to own another pet-period.They should be named and shamed,so hopefully not able to acquire any future pets

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 12:50

      Also, I agree, 30min and they couldn't get out the gate???? HUH!!!! what rubbish

  • Thavan Moodley - 2013-04-17 12:20

    put the owners in jail let them pay all medical expenses

  • Fikile Khoza - 2013-04-17 12:21

    saw this lady yesterday on e-news its a miracle she survived. may she get well soon..i get scared to walk on the street in my area cause they is always dogs roaming around the street, dog owners should learn to be responsible since I was attacked by dogs as a kid I have phobia for them

      Karen De Freitas - 2013-04-17 13:25

      Its so sad this happens, dogs can be such caring and wonderful companions if brought up properly with love and kindness-that's all they want, you can see it in their eyes as puppy's. Well, I suppose that's true of all humans as well!! We all start off innocent and then sadistic,evil MF's enter our lives and destroy all that could've been good. Some of us are lucky and by some miracle,manage to grown up without having horrific things happen to us. So when i hear the terrible things people do to animals,kids and each other, I always wonder what terrible thing happened to that person in the first place, to make him/her a monster is soooooo cruel, with a ray of sunshine every once in a while, but not today,not for Sonja and so many others out there both animal and human-cold,lost,hurt,hungry- and all because there was no love,no compassion,no respect,no empathy,no caring,we all so wrapped up trying to live in our own protective bubble,we turn away and continue on, because its just too scary to leave our comfort zone, myself included,i'm ashamed to say.I know there are lots out there that do go out and do so much good.These People are real Heroes, I wish there were more, and i hope they all get the rewards they deserve. All animals roaming the roads should be picked up by spca,african tails,darg,animal anti cruelty etc and owners fined a huge fee if they want them back. Problem is, too many dogs and not nearly enough heroes to help.........

  • Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 12:36

    Please DON'T put the dogs down... it's not their fault... blame the owner, not the breed. A dog can be rehomed and rehabilitated.

  • Malvina Verney van Breemen - 2013-04-17 12:40

    For heaven's sake don't blame the dogs, blame the owner. And blame the neighbours who did not help her - half an hour! Good grief, surely you could get a door open in that time!

      Leon Lambourn - 2013-04-17 13:17

      Malvina, not only get a door open, I recon in 30 minutes they probably could have tried 8 different ways to try and stop the attack! Hose them down, hot water on the dogs, deodorant and lighter to scare them away with a flame, golf club, anything! Don’t just stand there and watch someone get torn up.

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-04-17 12:44

    Sue the pants off the owners! But I must question the wisdom of a female walking in the streets at 23h00? You live in South Africa.

  • Hein Van Wyk - 2013-04-17 12:56

    I know is a bit late but pepper spry works very will to stop a attack

  • Pradesh Singh - 2013-04-17 13:00

    over half hour long and no one help, sick!!!! what kind person and watch this happen, im sure they could have did something to stop the dogs n half hour,

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-04-17 13:05

    Hw can u watch a person mauled by dogs for half an hour with nothing to do?the dogs must be put down with the owner and the spectator as well

      Alcide - 2013-04-17 13:23

      I watched the Video on the original article now. This article does not mention 1/2 of the facts. A young lady 17 years old and her mom tried to save the woman. They were locked inside their house, and was in such a state of panic, they could not get the keys out. Don't blame them, they acted as quickly as they could.

  • Belinda Duncan - 2013-04-17 13:23

    Those dogs must be put down, no way can they allow dogs like this that are not kept locked up and are able to get out from time to time, they should never be able to get out, they are dangerous dogs, they will do it again, not acceptable!

      Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-17 14:01

      No Belinda, in a loving home they can live a normal, loving life. My dog gets out from time to time, she find gaps in the fence which a fix as soon as I figure out where she gets out, but she gets out and runs to the neighbours yard to play with them. She has never bitten anyone, never bitten another dog, and even when complete strangers come to the gate she is there tail wagging. A loving home makes a huge difference.

  • Mamushcka_ - 2013-04-17 13:47

    One of the reasons_ I hate dogs!

  • Ishmail Shepherd - 2013-04-17 14:01

    Racist Dawgs.......must be ANC

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-04-17 14:17

    No guns in Brandfort??? Watching a women been attacked for 30min justify that no resident should even own a garden spade( which also would have came handy)!

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