Saturday 10 December 2016

Attack dog just days out of quarantine

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Paola Sahovic was attacked by her dog
Paola Sahovic was attacked by her dog
Paola Sahovic remains stable following the attack by her dog, left, but surgeons are struggling to save one of her arms. Photo: Provision

The dog involved in a horrific mauling of a young woman had been released from quarantine just days before the attack.

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Doctors are still fighting to save the arm of Paola Sahovic (22) who was mauled by the dog after it apparently got agitated when the young woman took a cat into her arms. It emerged that the Staffordshire-type dog had been raised from a puppy by its owners who, having moved to Ireland from Croatia, were determined to bring the dog with them.

The dog, which was four years old and a beloved family pet, had been in quarantine in Ireland until just under two weeks ago.

Having been cleared of any disease issues, it was then reunited with its owners who had sought special permission from their landlord to keep the dog at the property on Main Street, Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

But Ms Sahovic suffered horrific injuries to her arm last Monday when she was attacked by the dog in the garden of their home, which is just metres from Mitchelstown Garda Station.

Her screams alerted neighbours and it took up to seven gardaí to get the dog off the shocked woman.

Ms Sahovic suffered horrific injuries to her arms in her desperate attempts to protect her throat.

She remains in a stable condition but it remains unclear whether surgeons can save her arm.

The dog was put down following the incident.

Irish Independent

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