Boy attacked by dog returns home to Southill

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A YOUNG boy mauled by his family’s husky dog has returned home to Southill after undergoing surgery for his injuries in Cork.

A YOUNG boy mauled by his family’s husky dog has returned home to Southill after undergoing surgery for his injuries in Cork.

Reece O’Leary, aged two, (pictured) suffered injuries to his face and back after being attacked by the husky in the back garden of their home in Yeats Avenue, Carew Park.

“I just want it to be over and done it. It’s just terrible,” said his mum Mags after the ordeal.

The dog was seized by a dog warden from Ennis and was put down last week.

There has been criticism that no one in Limerick was available to take the dog, as the dog warden service is only available from 9.30am to 12.30, and they don’t have an emergency service. The dog warden service is operated by the local councils, but an inspector with the county council explained they “don’t have the budget” for a full-time service. The Limerick Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals explained that removing dangerous dogs is not within their remit, and is solely a job for the dog warden.

The LSPCA outlined their remit only covers cruelty cases.

Frank Coote, from Clare ISPCA, said this type of dog is not on the dangerous dog list. Mr Coote believes the dog grew jealous of the attention the boy received.

Neighbour Jonathon Curtin, 21, is credited with saving the child’s life after he jumped over the back wall and repeatedly hit the dog with a shovel to stop the attack.