Woman stable after attack in her Mitchelstown home by partner’s dog

Paola Sahovic who suffered serious injuries after a savage attack by a dog in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

A Croatian woman in her 20s is stable at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after she was attacked by a pitbull mastiff at her home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

The woman suffered serious injuries to her arm when the dog attacked her at the home she shares with her partner at Upper Cork St in the town. Her partner owns the dog. Neighbours came to the assistance of the woman after they heard her screams for help shortly after 9am on Monday.

Gardaí rushed to the scene. Fortunately the Garda station is just a few doors away from the victim’s rented home.

The pitbull mastiff owned by the woman’s partner, Erik Kostesic, right, will be put down.
The pitbull mastiff owned by the woman’s partner, Erik Kostesic, right, will be put down.

Gardaí had to draw their batons and strike the dog in order to get it to release the woman from its grip. The woman, who was in a distressed state, was rushed by ambulance to CUH. Her injuries are serious but not life threatening.

She underwent surgery to save her hands which were badly mauled. It is anticipated the dog will be put down in the coming days. The dog was kept in a secure area until the woman’s partner returned.

It is understood the woman moved to Cork a few years ago from Croatia and lives and works in Mitchelstown.


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