Limerick child ‘lucky to be alive’ after dog attack

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

QUICK-THINKING neighbours in Southill saved a boy’s life after he was mauled by the family dog in his back garden yesterday in front of his terrified mother.

QUICK-THINKING neighbours in Southill saved a boy’s life after he was mauled by the family dog in his back garden yesterday in front of his terrified mother.

Neighbour Jonathon Curtin, 21, of Yeats Avenue, Carew Park, Southill, who resides two doors away from the family, is being hailed a hero by locals for his actions on the night.

Mr Curtin jumped over the back gate of the property, while his dad threw him a shovel to beat the dog away from the child.

“Any man would have done what I done,” he told the Limerick Leader today.

“I was sitting in the car, listening to the radio when I heard my father roar. I climbed over their back gate and my dad handed me a shovel. I had to hit the dog several times on the head. I was scared of the dog and that he would turn on me, but what could you do?”

The husky dog was sedated, taken to Ennis by a dog warden and is due to be put down with the consent of the family.

Two gardai from Roxboro Road station attended the scene, but there has been criticism was no one available from the Limerick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) or no dog warden in Limerick to attend to the scene.

The boy’s mother and father were at his bedside in Cork today.

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