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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council `actively investigating' dog attack

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council was last night "actively investigating" a dog attack at Gortin Glen, which seen a young man injured and left in need of stitches as well as a family dog "mauled".
Marie Louise McConville

FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council is "actively investigating" a dog attack which saw a young man injured and left in need of stitches as well as a family dog "mauled".

The council has appealed for any witnesses to the attack, which took place in Gortin Glen on Sunday, to come forward.

Posting anonymously on the `My Omagh' page on Facebook, a woman said her son had "went walking" in the local beauty sport at around 5.30pm when "six pit bulls attacked our dog".

"The dogs hadn't any collars on, there was no way of pulling the pit bulls off our dog.

"My son said the owner was in his twenties, while saving our terrier from being mauled further, my son got attacked.

"Thanks to two very kind ladies called an ambulance."

The woman said they had "collected our dog from the vets" adding that her son had "received a few stitches" also.

Ending the post, she wrote: "We're all in complete shock, especially my poor son. I thought it was important to make people aware of this incident."

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said it had "not been made aware of this specific incident however officers are now actively investigating this incident and would appeal for witnesses to come forward so the owners of the dog can be traced and appropriate action can be taken, as required".

A spokesman also reminded dog owners that "dogs should be kept on leads and in control at all times in public places".

"It is an offence to allow any dog to attack or cause injury to any person, livestock or any other animal," they added.

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