Irish Policeman Mauled by Pit Bull While Arresting Its Owner

The dog was fatally shot by Gardai - Image Source: Twitter

A GARDA (Irish policeman) was mauled by a pit bull whose owner allegedly set the dog on officers when they attempted to arrest him for two armed robberies.

A 22-year old Dubliner has appeared on trial charged with two brazen armed robberies, with the court hearing that the suspect set his pit bull on officers during a violent arrest causing one Garda to receive injuries.

According to local media in the Irish capital, the Garda officer was forced to fire several shots at the pit bull as it mauled his private parts. The officer received medical treatment, with his injuries not believed to be very serious.

The pitbull died of its gunshot injuries in a veterinary hospital, while its owner was arrested for a pair of brazen armed robberies he allegedly carried out on two shops in Dublin’s south inner city. He is accused of terrifying staff with a handgun at two businesses in the capital, making off with cash and 70 packets of cigarettes from the raids.

A Garda statement said that during the arrest an “official firearm was discharged when Gardaí were attacked by a dog. One Garda member was injured in the attack and required medical treatment. The dog has been removed for veterinary treatment.” RTE reports that the animal later died of its injuries.

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Oisin Sweeney

Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...


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