National 28.7.2016 04:05 pm

Durban couple mauled by dogs

Tayla Templeton and Ruan Oliver were savagely attacked by two Rottweilers on Blackburn Road.

Tayla Templeton and Ruan Oliver were savagely attacked by two Rottweilers on Blackburn Road.

The attack was halted by two passing motorists, one of whom had to hit the dogs with a stick to chase them away.

A couple from Park Hill in Durban are recovering after they were attacked and mauled by two Rottweilers on Blackburn Road.

Ruan Oliver, 28, and Tayla Templeton, 19, were trying to find the owners of the dogs when they were attacked on Tuesday, Northglen News reported.

Oliver suffered 10 puncture wounds to his arm and calf, while his girlfriend suffered 13 puncture wounds to her thigh and calf in the attack.

The attack was halted by two passing motorists, one of whom, had to hit the dogs with a stick to chase them away.

Throughout the traumatic ordeal, Oliver shielded his girlfriend from the attack by holding her in bear hug fashion.

“There was a commotion outside our gate and we went to investigate and found three dogs, two Rottweilers and another small brown dog. They were really friendly, their tails were wagging.

“There was no aggression from them. We walked with them to find their owners and they followed. When we got on to Blackburn Road, the little dog tried to run across the road, I managed to rescue him and the minute me and Tayla separated, that’s when the dogs attacked,” said Oliver.

Templeton added they thought they were going to die because there was no let-up in the attack.

“If it wasn’t for Carl Klopper and another man in a Corsa bakkie who stopped to help, we would have been dead. I’m so thankful they intervened. Carl hit the dogs with a stick and the one attacking me, released me. I tried to run across the road and the dog again tried to chase me. Ruan stood between us again, it felt like the attack wouldn’t end. I’m just glad they didn’t go for our faces or necks. I’m so worried that these dogs will attack and maybe even kill someone else,” she said.

Templeton, who is diabetic, is currently at Gateway Private Hospital and has received tetanus and rabies shots. Oliver said he later heard the dogs had attacked an elderly couple not far from the scene of the first attack.

– Caxton News Service

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