Man injured after coming to aid of woman being attacked by two pitbulls

A man has been injured after coming to the aid of a woman being attacked by two pitbulls.

The incident resulted in the man and the woman needing hospital treatment, it has been reported.

Jack Thompson, 23, intervened after he heard the woman screaming in “terror” during the attack on Main Street in Enfield in Co Meath at around 1pm on Wednesday.

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Mr Thompson said it was “sheer instinct” to try and help the woman because he could hear the “sheer pain and terror” in the woman’s voice.

He said one of the dogs was latched on to the woman’s clothing and wouldn’t let go. When he tried to help, the pitbull bit his hip.

Speaking to Kfm Radio, the young man said: “I was walking and I heard a woman in distress. She was in sheer terror. People approached and we saw it was two pitbull dogs attacking her so I suppose I just assisted in pulling the dogs way from her.

“One of them was latched on to her clothing and wouldn’t let go. I grabbed one of the dogs and it turned around and nipped me on the hip.”

Another passerby then helped the young man and the woman, and gardaí arrived at the scene at 1.20pm.

Mr Thompson added: “It could have been a lot worse. I’m just glad other people were around.”

The 23-year-old and the woman, who is in her 40s, were taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, for treatment of minor injuries.

Mr Thompson received a tetanus shot and had to get his cuts dressed.

A garda spokesperson said the dog was handed over to the local authority dog warden and investigations are ongoing. The incident comes just three days after Nicole Morey, 23, was attacked and killed by an XL bully in her home in Limerick.

A Garda spokesman said: “A female in her 40s and a male in his 20s were brought to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown for treatment of minor injuries. The dog was handed over to the local authority Dog Warden. Investigations are ongoing.”

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