Boy attacked by Japanese fighting dog gets €65k

A boy who sustained horrific injuries after a Japanese fighting dog latched on to his arm as he tried to retrieve a tennis ball from a house garden has settled his High Court action for €65,000.

A boy who sustained horrific injuries after a Japanese fighting dog latched on to his arm as he tried to retrieve a tennis ball from a house garden has settled his High Court action for €65,000.

Two men who rushed to Adam Tiernan’s asistance had to beat off the dog – a Japanese Akita – with a hurley and a golf club.

The boy who was only seven years of age at the time was shaken about like a rag doll as the dog attempted to pull him into the garden in what his mother later described as a “ a scene from jaws”.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross in the High Court yesterday said Adam who is now 12 years of age had suffered a horrific attack and he directed that €2,000 of the settlement be allocated to funding a new computer and a holiday for the boy “to help him get over all this”.

The little boy in hospital had to undergo a three-hour operation to repair the muscle in his arm and had to have 120 stitches. He was also left with scarring on his right arm.

Adam Tiernan, through his mother Angelaine Tiernan, of St Mark’s Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin sued the dog owner David Murray, also of St Mark’s Crescent as a result of the incident on June 1, 2010.

There was, it was claimed an alleged failure to give the boy any warning of the fact that there was danger in the area. Mr Murray, it was claimed, failed to control a dog on his premises.

Outside court, Mrs Tiernan said “We are very grateful to the men who tried to pull the dog off him.”

She said the dog owner put down the dog that night.


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