PALMVIEW PHOENIX, KWA ZULU NATAL SOUTH AFRICA - RAKESH RAMPERSAD, 28, SAYS HE IS GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE AFTER 4 PIT BULLS ATTACKED HIM PULLING HIM TO THE GROUND AND BITING HIS HANDS, LEGS AND SCROTUM
A horrific attack by 4 PIT BULLS that tore into a Phoenix call centre agent, ripping his scrotum, has left him in unbearable pain and facing an uncertain future.
Rakesh Rampersad, 28, said he had thought he was going to be mauled to death as he was forced to the ground just metres away from his Palmview home last week.
His penis was also bitten, as well as his hands and a leg.
“I was screaming for help but people were too afraid to come near for fear that they would also be bitten.”
Eventually a group of neighbours used crowbars and sticks to ward off the marauding pack of dogs.
The attack happened just days after 8-year-old Howick boy James Sinkins died from being mauled by two German Shepherds.
Rampersad spent several days in hospital where he underwent three operations – two to his groin area and one on the leg – before being sent home to recover.
“I have an appointment with the urologist on January 11. There is a lot of uncertainty at this point,” he told POST from his bed this week.
Trembling, Rampersad said he was grateful to be alive.
He had been unable to sleep since the attack and would never forget the pain he endured while lying on the ground, he said.
“I had been walking home after visiting some friends when I saw four pit bulls which belonged to a nearby neighbour, walking towards me.
“I became nervous but I continued walking. I then realised they were charging towards me and jumped onto the power box. One of the dogs pulled me down and began biting my hands, which I used to protect my face and neck,” he said. “The one bit my private area and I was in excruciating pain.”
Neighbour Ricky Pillay said he was shocked at the viciousness of the attack.
“My son Dillon and I could not watch as Rakesh was being attacked. We took crowbars and carried logs. Dillon was also injured in the attack. But we managed to save Rakesh,” he said.
“My wife was about to go outside and hang the washing; she could have also been attacked.”
Rampersad’s sister Lee-Anne said she now feared for her children’s safety. She has a 5-year old daughter and an infant.
She claimed the neighbours’ dogs often escaped through a wire fence on the property.
The owner of the pit bulls, Ruvashen Dorasamy, 25, said
while he accepted responsibility for the attack, he believed that his dogs were provoked.
“Many of the boys, including the victim, provoke the dogs by poking the fence. It isn’t easy to break through a wire fence. So it must have taken time for my dogs to be aggravated.”
He has since given two of the female dogs away, but would be keeping Blitz, the “cheeky one”, who is 18 months old, and its 5-month-old pup, Baster.
”We will be putting up a high wall,” said Dorasamy.
Pastor Leslie Munsamy, who has been assisting the Rampersad family, described the incident as outrageous and said that there was no place for vicious animals in residential areas.
“What is most concerning is that this is not the first incident. I have heard that the family have taken previous victims to the doctor, who administered treatment and sent them home. We are making a call for these animals to be put down.”
However, Dorasamy said this was the “first time” he had heard about his dogs biting anyone else.
Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said a case of keeping ferocious dogs was being investigated.