Monday 29 May 2017

Doctors save young woman's arm after savage mauling by family dog

Paola Sahovic with the dog that attacked her
Paola Sahovic with the dog that attacked her
Paola Sahovic was attacked by her dog

David Kearns

Surgeons have managed to save the arm of a young woman who was savagely mauled by her own pet.

Paola Sahovic (22) was rushed to Cork University Hospital last Monday after she was attacked by her Staffordshire-type breed in the backyard of her home in Mitchelstown in Cork.

Arriving at the scene Gardaí were forced to use their batons to repeatedly beat the animal into submission, such was the ferocity of the attack.

It was feared the young woman from Croatia would lose a hand but speaking to the Irish Mirror, her brother Goran Sahovic said doctors had been able to save her arm.

“Doctors say there is work to be done on her left hand but it will not have to be amputated,” he said.

“It‘s great news. She is upset about it all but we hope she makes a quick recovery.” 

It is understood that Ms Sahovic and her boyfriend had only recent brought the dog to Ireland.

The animal, 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 less than four days before its horrific attack on Ms Sahovic.

Neighbours heard her screams for help and immediately alerted Gardaí. 

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

Several officers are believed to have been involved in attempts to subdue the dog.

According to local reports, the animal was put down by a local vet days after the attack.

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