Boy (8) suffers horrific injuries after being mauled by dog

Attack: The dog is believed to be a white and black collie-type
Attack: The dog is believed to be a white and black collie-type

An 8-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being mauled by a dog earlier this week.

The young boy has undergone surgery following the savage attack on Monday evening in Waterford. 

He suffered serious injuries to his head and ear during the incident in the Gracedieu area of the city. 

At approximately 6pm a dog roaming in the area turned vicious after it had been playing with children for much of the day. 

According to a local woman there was "no stopping" the dog, believed to be a black and white collie-type. 

"He was on the loose in the neighbourhood and playing with children. He just mauled him," a woman named Rosemarie told WLR FM. 

"There was no stopping him. They were all out on the green playing... He had a collar on - there was no name on the tag."

She said the dog attacked the boy suddenly about the head, face, ear and leg. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to University Hospital Waterford.

Reports suggest he underwent surgery following the harrowing ordeal. 

The dog was able to escape and roamed the city for a number of hours before it was captured by dog wardens later that night. 

Andrew Quinn of Waterford Animal Welfare warned parents to never let their children play with strange dogs, even if they are seemingly well kept. 

“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.”

The dog's owner was identified, and the canine has been handed over to authorities. 

Waterford  Gardai are investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 051 305 300.