VICTIM: Emma Murphy, 3

The crowdfunding effort, called “Sunshine & Superhero Fund for Emma”, was created on the website

A target of R250 000 has been set to assist Emma Murphy, three, and oupa Aubrey Murphy, 56, who were attacked at their Athlone home after the dogs jumped over a two metre-high fence. It has since been revealed the dogs could also have entered their yard through a gap in the fence.

Mense have so far donated R58 217.22.

Emma is at Red Cross Children’s Hospital after part of her skull was ripped off and she has had to undergo surgery.

Aubrey is at Vincent Pallotti Hospital and is said to be recovering well after sustaining injuries to his head and arm.

The incident happened last Tuesday while Aubrey and the twins, Emma and Kate, were at their home in Garlandale Crescent, Athlone.

Aubrey had heard a commotion in the yard and went to investigate and it is believed Emma followed while Kate stood at the back door when the dogs attacked.

The dogs and two others have since been removed by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

The crowdfund was started by Paula Pinkham, who explained that all funds raised would go towards medical costs.

Emma’s other grandfather, Cliff Augustyn, confirmed the family was aware of the fundraiser.

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