Boy (9) attacked by dog in Enniscorthy

By Dan Walsh

Enniscorthy is a town in shock today following a frightening incident yesterday (Sunday) in which a nine years’ old boy was confronted by an uncontrolled dog and suffered appalling facial injuries in an unprovoked attack while playing with friends in a housing estate.

The incident occurred about 4.30pm the Old Forge Road housing estate, near the Milehouse area of the town. Local sources told that five friends were playing together when a pitbull cross set upon them in an aggressive manner and launched a horror attack. The children ran, three in one direction and two in another direction, however, one boy was grabbed by the dog and suffered dreadful injuries. The other children escaped injury but were said to be ‘traumatised’

Emergency services were quickly on the scene and attended by paramedics before being taken to Bellefield GAA Grounds from where the injured boy was flown to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin by Irish Coast Guard helicopter R117 where he underwent emergency surgery. His condition is reported as “very serious.”

After the attack angry parents and friends arrived on scene while the dog was removed from the scene. It is alleged that the dog may have been destroyed.

A Garda investigation is continuing.

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