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Prison warder in hospital as 'control dog' savages arms

A PRISON officer is recovering from two operations to his arms after he was savaged by a prison dog at the weekend.

Trained handler Paddy Lowry, an officer with more than 20 years' service, was hurt when the dog turned on him.

The German Shepherd has not been put down and, according to sources, there are no plans to destroy it.


He is one of five 'catch and hold dogs' employed by the prison service in the event of a riot.

The dog is believed to have been "out of sorts" after spending the previous night in Mountjoy and launched the horrific attack as the officer tried to clean out his kennel at Wheatfield Prison just before 8am on Saturday.

Mr Lowry was rushed to the Hermitage Clinic in Lucan where he had surgery on both his arms. His injuries are not thought to be significant and he is expected to make a full recovery.

It is believed that Mr Lowry got an "awful mauling" from the dog -- one of several bought by the prison in January.

It is believed the German Shepherd bit Mr Lowry's left arm and, as he managed to free himself from the dog's jaws, it latched on to his right arm.

A prison source said there were now worries about the new dogs.

He said: "The animals must be of a correct temperament.

"Paddy is very shaken by this. We're talking about a prison officer who has been involved with dogs his entire life.

"That's why he first became involved in the dog's training.

"Now he's in hospital with a drip pumping antibiotics into him in case he gets an infection."

The Irish Prison Service said it would be holding a full investigation.