A JUDGE has ordered that a ‘dangerous dog’ which attacked a garda on the southside of Limerick city leaving him with serious injuries should be destroyed.
The German Sheperd was seized at a house on Hyde Road last month after Garda Donal Walsh was injured when he was bitten by the canine.
Garda Walsh, who is the community garda for Ballinacurra Weston, said he came across the dog while on routine patrol at Hyde Road on September 22, last. He said he was bitten twice in the leg and that he had to use his baton to fend off the dog which attacked him “without warning”.
Garda Walsh was treated at the Accident and Emergency department at the Mid Western Regional Hospital afterwards and was off work for three weeks due to his injuries.
Garda Walsh told the court the dog’s owner, whose father is a convicted criminal, was present at the time of the incident and that he ran off afterwards.
The application to destroy the dog was opposed by the mother of the young boy.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who is the mother of the young boy, had since purchased a muzzle and a lead for the German Shepherd.
She told the court her client was willing to give an undertaking that she would not allow her son out with the dog again without adult supervision.
She said the nine-year-old was “very upset” when his pet was seized and she said he is very close to the dog which is protective of him.
Judge Eamon O’Brien ordered the destruction of the dog but put a stay on the order until Friday.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 9, 2011