Child inches from mauling

Four-year-old's lucky escape after pitbull attacks dog

Simon Brouder

A FOUR year old Tralee girl had a miracle escape on Sunday when she was almost mauled by a crazed, stray and unmuzzled pitbull that launched a vicious and bloody attack on another dog in her estate.

On Sunday afternoon Vicki Kennelly was walking one of her two Huskies close to her home in Shanakill when the frenzied pitbull attacked her pet.

The Husky, named Neeko (pictured left after the attack), was badly injured but the terrifying incident could have been much worse.

When the pitbull attacked, Vicki Kennelly had stopped to speak with a friend and her young four-year-old daughter who was stroking the placid Husky as the pitbull attacked.

Spotting danger at the last possible second, Neeko knocked the little girl out of the way saving her from the vicious dog's jaws by mere inches.

Vicki Kennelly said that while she's devastated that her dog was attacked and mutilated she thanked God nothing had happened to the child.

"If he hadn't bumped her out of the way she would have been right in the middle of them. I don't know what would have happened," said Vicki Kennelly.

The child's mother Ann Marie Murphy described the injured Husky as her daughter's "guardian angel."

"Neeko was a hero. If he didn't push her out of the way my daughter would have been caught in the middle and she wouldn't have had a chance," she said.



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