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Woman ‘nearly eaten alive’ by pet dog may lose arm

Paola Sahovic
Paola Sahovic

A woman who was attacked by her boyfriend’s dog was being ‘eaten alive’ when gardai arrived on the scene.

Paola Sahovic may now lose one of her arms following the horror attack.

The attack is believed to have happened after the 20-year-old Croatian woman tried to rescue a cat from the jaws of the large dog at her home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

The animal has been reported to be a Bull Mastiff, Pitbul–Mastiff cross and a Dogo Argentino, however gardai described the animal as being a Bull Mastiff.

When gardai arrived on the scene Ma Sahovic was in a pool of blood with the dog viciously pulling at her arm.

It took five gardai armed with retractable steel batons to free the victim from the jaws of the dog - which has since been put down - before she was rushed to Cork University Hospital for emergency surgery.

A neighbour told the Irish Daily Mail:

“It would not let her go and appeared to be eating her.”

“She was bleeding heavily from wounds mainly to her arms and hands. I hear her injuries were so severe that one of her arms was literally hanging off her when she was taken to away in the ambulance. 

Ms Sahovic, a dog lover who described the animal as her "best friend" on Instagram, is thought to have moved from Croatia to Ireland to be with her boyfriend at Christmas.

She was reunited with the black and white cross-breed owned by her partner - who has been living and working in north Cork since the summer - after it arrived in the country only last Friday.