Victim of Galway dog attack named

Gardai are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident
Andrew Madden

A WOMAN who died after being attacked by two dogs in Galway has been named locally as Teresa McDonagh.

The incident happened at around 3pm in the village of Moycullen on Sunday.

It is understood that Mrs McDonagh (64) was visiting the house of a relative when she was attacked by two Bullmastiff dogs.

Neighbours came to her aid before emergency services arrived, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardai are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and it is understood that the two dogs may have escaped from a shed before attacking the woman.

Niall Ó Tuathail, Social Democrat representative for the area, called for an urgent review of legislation in the wake of the incident.

"Our dog control laws are not working - in fact the rate of hospitalisations from dog bites has been rising for the past few decades. This unfortunately makes fatalities more and more likely," he said.

"The evidence says that you need to educate owners and place restrictions on any dog that shows signs of aggressive behaviour, rather than just controlling certain breeds and only in public places."

Bullmastiffs are listed in the 1998 Control of Dogs Act, meaning they must be securely muzzled in public places, however there are no restrictions in relation to their movements on private property.

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