A young boy is recovering in hospital after being ‘mauled by vicious dog’ in Waterford city
An 8 year old boy underwent surgery after being attacked by a dog that was roaming in Waterford city Monday evening. The boy was rushed to University Hospital Waterford after being set upon by a black and white collie in the Gracedieu area of the city after 6pm.
The dog is believed to have escaped and roamed that part of the city for a number of hours before it was captured.
The victims face, head, ear and leg were mauled in the incident but he is said to be recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for his injuries.
Andrew Quinn of Waterford Animal Welfare has warned parents to never let their children play with strange dogs. He said: “It is an absolute No-No. Don’t ever let your children play with a dog they don’t know. He could have been injured or maybe got hurt when the children were playing with him. Children must stick to the pets they know.”
A woman quoted by the Irish Mirror, named only as ‘Rosemarie’, said the dog was “vicious” and the injured child was “mauled” by the collie. She added that gardai were contacted at 6.20pm on Monday but did not appear until 8.30pm.
Andrew Quinn from Waterford Animal Welfare joined forces with Waterford City and Council Dog Warden Keith Murphy and the dog was eventually captured at approximately 10.30pm.
Mr Quinn said: “I haven’t seen the child; we were called in the aftermath. The important thing is that he is caught.”
Waterford Gardai are investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 051 305 300.