Friday 22 September 2017

Six-year-old girl receives 17 stitches to face after she is attacked by dog

An American Akita, similar to the dog which attacked the six-year-old girl while she was playing.
An American Akita, similar to the dog which attacked the six-year-old girl while she was playing.

Kathryn Hayes

A SIX-year-old Limerick schoolgirl is recovering in hospital after being savagely attacked by a dog.

The girl from Lynwood Park in the city received 17 stitches to her face after she was attacked by an American Akita.

The girl was playing on a green area in Lynwood Park around 6.30 on Wednesday evening when she was attacked by the animal.

The dog, who was 12-years-old, was owned by a family on nearby St Patrick's Road.

The six-year-old suffered extensive wounds to her face and body, lacerations on her forehead alone and required 17 stitches.

She was taken to University Hospital Limerick, where she is still recovering from her ordeal.

Gardaí from Henry Street assisted by the Limerick Dog Warden rounded up the dog.

The animal has been destroyed.

Investigations are continuing and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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