Sunday 17 December 2017

Dog to be destroyed for wounding garda

Barry Duggan

AN Alsatian dog named 'Shotgun' and owned by a relative of a McCarthy-Dundon criminal gang member will be put down before the end of the week after it attacked and wounded a garda officer.

An appeal against the dog's destruction in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court was unsuccessful yesterday.

Judge James O'Donohoe struck out the appeal from Limerick District Court and it is expected that the four-year-old dog will be put down before the end of the week once the necessary paperwork is completed.

The seized dog is known as both 'Shotgun' and 'Diamond' and is currently being held in a dog pound in Cork.

An application was made to have the Alsatian destroyed by gardai after Garda Donal Walsh was forced out of work for three weeks last year after the animal attacked him in Hyde Road.

The officer was attacked "without warning" and bitten twice in the leg on September 22 last.

He had to use his baton to fend off the Alsatian and required hospital treatment.

After receiving a search warrant, garda officers along with a dog warden went to the home of the leading member of the McCarthy-Dundon gang and seized the Alsatian on October 17 last. It has been held at a pound ever since.

It was heard at the initial district court sitting that gardai had received "numerous other complaints" about the dog from local residents on the southside of the city who were "too afraid" to make formal statements.

Irish Independent

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