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Woman and pet dog thrown out of window 'during domestic dispute'

Lesley Houston

Published 16/09/2015 | 10:03

The scene at Tates Avenue
The scene at Tates Avenue

A woman is believed to have been thrown out of a first floor window in south Belfast - along with her pet dog.

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Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with an assault which neighbours said followed a domestic dispute shortly before 11pm on Monday.

Residents living near the house beside the bridge in the Tate's Avenue area also revealed that PSNI officers were yesterday asking them to be on the lookout for the missing dog.

It is a miniature schnauzer, which is believed to have run off after being hurled out of the window on to the pavement below.

Neighbours said they had been asked to take the animal to a vet if it was found, as it was would have been injured in the fall.

Residents were left stunned by the violent and dramatic nature of the incident which took place on a quiet street in south Belfast, not far from Windsor Park.

A police cordon surrounded the front of the house yesterday, where a doubled-glazed window on the first floor of the property was still open.

One neighbour, who was walking her dog near the scene, said it was very upsetting to learn of the attack on the woman.

"I heard terrible screaming that went on for some time. Someone said that a dog was thrown out the window and then the woman - but it's hard to know if that is just hearsay," she said.

"Police sealed the area off all day and the upstairs window was left wide open."

The resident said PSNI officers who came to her door yesterday morning asked her to take the animal to a vet if she spotted it.

Detective Inspector Gary McDonald said the man was currently in police custody assisting them with their inquiries but could reveal no further details.

The condition of the woman is not known.

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