Friday 28 October 2016

Woman almost loses hands during horrific dog attack

David Kearns

Published 26/01/2016 | 10:00

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Gardaí were forced to draw their batons and repeatedly strike a dog during a savage attack that left a young woman with serious wounds to both her arms.

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Officers were called to a house on Upper Cork Street in Mitchelstown in East Cork shortly after 9 am yesterday morning where it is understood a Staffordshire-type breed attacked the woman in 20s.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to save her hands, which were badly injured in the attack.

She remains there in a stable condition.

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It is understood that the dog involved in the attack was the family pet, and that it belonged to the woman’s partner.

The animal has since been put down.

According to Gardaí the incident is under investigation, though no formal complaint has yet been made.

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Reports say the alarm was first raised when neighbours heard the victim screaming for help.

Rushing into the backyard of a property on Upper Cork St, Gardaí from the Mitchelstown Station were initially unable to pry the dog off the woman.

Forced to draw their batons, the officers struck the animal repeatedly until it ended its attack.

The Bull Mastiff is one of 11 dogs on the controlled breeds list in Ireland.

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