Pitbull attacks gran on walk with her pet

TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE: Daughter Hanlie Moolman supports her mother, Moira Grobler, in hospital after she was attacked by a pitbull terrier in Newton Park.
TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE: Daughter Hanlie Moolman supports her mother, Moira Grobler, in hospital after she was attacked by a pitbull terrier in Newton Park.

A FEISTY grandmother was attacked by a pitbull yesterday when she tried to protect her little Yorkshire terrier on his daily walk .

Animal lover Moira Grobler, 84, was in Netcare Greenacres Hospital yesterday after her daily walk with her Yorkie, Mickey, in Port Elizabeth took a terrifying turn.

Grobler said while walking in Newton Park at about 8.45am, a brown pitbull came running straight for her beloved pet.

Desperate to protect Mickey, Grobler snatched up the little dog and held him close to her chest.

The pitbull then launched an attack, pulling Grobler to the ground and repeatedly biting her hands. She also suffered a gash to the head when she hit the pavement.

Grobler was fortunate that a passerby rushed to her aid and pulled off the pitbull.

The wound to her head was treated in hospital and her hands stitched.

Grobler, a mother of five and grandmother of five said, she has walked Mickey from her Willet Street home to Hudson Street and back every day for the past year.

Sitting in the casualty ward, the part-time bookkeeper at Rangers Clutch and Brake, said: “I have never seen that dog before. It just appeared from nowhere.”

Her daughter, Hanlie Moolman, said: “I didn’t know what to expect after I was told that the pitbull stopped going for the dog and was going for my mother.”

After The Herald posted on it’s Facebook page about the attack, pitbull lovers were quick to say the breed was not to blame but rather negligent owners.

To this, Kerrie Russell Theunissen said: “People need to realise if they are going to have a bigger, more aggressive dog they have to be more careful.”

Neither the pitbull nor its owner could be tracked down yesterday.

– Tremaine van Aardt

Leave a Reply