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alert-–-nikita-piil-makes-heartbreaking-decision-after-rottweilers-mauled-young-dog-owner-at-her-perth-homeAlert – Nikita Piil makes heartbreaking decision after Rottweilers mauled young dog owner at her Perth home

A young woman who was attacked by her two beloved Rottweilers has made the heartbreaking decision to euthanise the only surviving dog.

Nikita Piil, 31, was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with severe injuries to her arms and legs after being mauled by her pets at her home in Success, south Perth, on September 16.

She almost lost her life due to bacterial infections and had to undergo five surgeries to save her arm from being amputated.

Police were forced to shoot Ms Piil’s oldest Rottweiler, seven-year-old Bronx, during the attack after attempts to taser and distract the dog failed.

Her surviving pup, four-year-old Harlem, was taken to the City of Cockburn’s animal management centre and classified as a ‘dangerous dog’.

Nikita Piil (above) has made the tough decision to euthanise her surviving Rottweiler after her pet dogs attacked her in September

Ms Piil’s oldest dog, Bronx, was shot by police during the attack while her youngest, Harlem, was taken to the local animal management centre and classified a ‘dangerous dog’ (pictured, both Ms Piil’s Rottweilers)

The council conducted a month-long investigation and gave Ms Piil an ultimatum: subject Harlem to strict security measures or euthanise him.

City of Cockburn head of community safety and ranger services Michael Emery said Ms Piil made the tough decision last week to surrender Harlem to council.

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‘On Friday afternoon the owner officially relinquished their ownership of the dog to the City of Cockburn,’ he told The West.

‘While the City would always prefer to find solutions that do not require animals to be put down, in this case the dog will need to be euthanised in the interest of public safety.

‘The procedure will be done by a suitably qualified veterinary at our animal management facility.’

The measures for Ms Piil to keep Harlem as a ‘dangerous dog’ included keeping him ‘securely enclosed’ in an area not easily accessible to children under the age of seven, being muzzled and installing warning signs around her home.

Ms Piil, who is understood to still be in hospital, is unlikely to face charges over the incident as a member of the public was not attacked.

The council wished her a speedy recovery from injuries to her arm, leg and head.

Mr Piil’s family revealed in a GoFundMe post she had ‘gotten caught in a crossfire’ while trying to calm down her dogs during a neighbourhood incident. 

Ms Piil (above) nearly died several times after suffering severe injuries and infections to her arm, head and leg in the Septmeber attack

‘The rehabilitation journey ahead will be painful, long and costly,’ they said. 

‘We nearly lost our precious girl a couple of times … but as you all know, Nikita is our little fighter.’  

The City of Cockburn had previously received complaints from neighbours over the Rottweilers’ excessive barking, however there were no reported incidents of attacks prior to September 16.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Piil’s family for comment. 

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