Dog owner who was torn to shreds in brutal mauling by her own Rottweilers Harlem and Bronx breaks her silence with a heartfelt message to her euthanised pets
A dog owner torn apart by her Rottweilers says she will never stop loving them after they were killed in the wake of the vicious attack.
Nikita Piil (31) almost died when her two dogs, Harlem and Bronx, mauled her at her Success home in Perth’s southern suburbs on September 16.
Her family later said she was trying to calm the dogs following an incident in the neighborhood when she was unfortunately caught in the crossfire and attacked herself.
Ms Piil was rushed to hospital with serious injuries to her arm, legs and head and has since undergone at least five life-saving operations.
During the attack, police were forced to shoot Bronx after unsuccessful attempts to distract and Taser the dog. He was later euthanized by veterinarians.
About six weeks later, she was asked to surrender Harlem to the City of Cockburn’s animal control center so he could be put down.
Ms Piil has never spoken publicly about the attack, but it can now be revealed that she has quietly turned her social media bios into tributes to her beloved pets.
Nikita Piil (pictured) almost died after being mauled by her own Rottweilers in Perth
Ms Piil (pictured in hospital) almost lost her arm and underwent at least five life-saving operations
“My existence is forever changed, irrevocably changed in your absence, I am broken. Harlem & Bronx,” she wrote on Facebook.
On Instagram, she said: ‘No words can adequately capture the torment that engulfs my heart.
‘Harlem & Bronx – you made life worth living. I will never stop loving you.’
She included a wilted rose emoji in both posts.
Ms Piil only gave Harlem to the council because she was given an ultimatum – she could either meet the state’s requirements for dangerous dogs or he would be put down.
To keep Harlem, she would have had to keep him in an escape and childproof enclosure, post ‘dangerous dog’ signs at property entry points, and he would have required a leash and muzzle in public areas at all times.
On October 25, the board confirmed Harlem was humanely euthanized.
The police were informed of the attack by neighbors who heard Ms Piil’s screams at around 16:45 on the day of the attack.
Nikita Piil quietly changed her Facebook profile to include a tribute to her dogs (pictured)
Ms Piil changed her Instagram bio into a tribute to her dogs (photo)
One neighbor, Bryn Spencer, said he and another person tried to intervene but were unable to gain access to Ms Piil’s backyard without putting themselves at risk.
“I heard ‘help, help, please help!'” Mr Spencer told Nine News
‘I considered jumping over the fence and getting in there to try and save her, but of course there were two Rottweilers in there.
‘I didn’t have a knife, I didn’t have anything really good to take out this dog.
‘I only had a bat. All I could really do was watch this girl get ripped apart as I hit the fence.’
Another neighbor turned a hose on one of the dogs and momentarily distracted it.
“The dog stopped for a while and looked at me to decide what to do next,” Mr Spencer said.
“I kept screaming and hitting the fence and then it decided, “stop you” and it got the girl and dragged her around the back corner.’
Ms Piil’s oldest dog, Bronx, was shot by the police during the attack, while her youngest, Harlem, was killed (Harlem and Bronx in the photo)
Nikita Piil (pictured) was attacked on September 16 and both her dogs were put down
Mr Piil’s family revealed in a GoFundMe after she almost died during her operations.
“The rehabilitation journey ahead will be painful, long and expensive,” they said.
“We almost lost our precious girl a few times…but as you all know, Nikita is our little fighter.”
The City of Cockburn had previously received complaints from neighbors about the Rottweilers’ excessive barking, but no incidents of attacks had been reported prior to September 16.
Ms Piil loved Rottweilers and was part of several breed-specific groups on Facebook before the attack.
She once described Bronx as her ‘whole world – loyal, intelligent and protective’.