A garda received 100 stitches after he was attacked by pitbull terriers, it was confirmed today.
Two dogs have now been put down after a second officer was bitten by the same animals in Galway city.
The attacks took place as Gardaí were searching a house on Dominic’s Road as part of an investigation into illegal drugs.
The first officer was bitten during searches of the house on Thursday night in an attack that lasted several minutes.
Gardaí said the 40-year-old officer suffered serious injuries to his left leg. He was taken to University College Hospital Galway where his wounds required 100 stitches.
There were three dogs in the house, two of which were pitbulls.
When a dog warden was sent to the address yesterday, a second garda accompanying him was also bitten, suffering minor injuries to his leg.
Seven people in the house during the original search were not found to be carrying drugs, but officers did discover a quantity of heroin with a potential street value of €4,000 in the building.
Gardaí have confirmed that yesterday morning a male and a female were arrested in Galway City, in relation to the drug seizure, and are being detained at Galway City Garda station under section four of The Criminal Justice Act.
A further three males were arrested this morning in Galway in relation to the seizure.
Two are detained at Tuam Garda Station and one at Loughrea Garda station under section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act.