DURBAN – “I love you so much. You’ll always be my hero.”

These were the last words Kayla Madden spoke to her sister before she succumbed to injuries from a dog attack inside her Hillcrest home on Saturday.

Gemma, 9, died after being attacked by a pit bull at Kayla’s home just hours before she was due to celebrate her 10th birthday.

The pit bull, named Nero, was euthanised by the SPCA.

Gemma, a grade 4 pupil at a school in Kloof, was dropped off at Kayla`s home in Hillcrest. Their parents went out for the evening together with Kayla’s boyfriend Thomas van der Spuy.

Kayla was baking muffins in the kitchen for Gemma’s birthday. The child walked into the next room and screamed about a minute later.

“I am too devastated to explain the last moments of what happened. It’s all a blur and traumatising. The dog has been living with us for a while. I am not sure what triggered the dog to attack her.”

“We are upset at what has been posted on social media. People don’t know the facts. They have crushed my fiancee emotionally by blaming her for the incident. I had Nero since he was a pup. He was five years old and loved kids. He lived inside the house with us. He was part of the family. I had left him to protect the girls.”

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