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Council worker sustains serious injuries in vicious dog attack

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A WARNING has been sounded to dog owners to take responsibility for their animals after a council worker was seriously injured in a dog attack.

The attack on the Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) employee occurred last Wednesday morning in the Bogside area of the city and is understood to have involved a Japanese Akita dog.

The bin collector suffered what has been described as "life-changing" injuries and required more than 50 stitches to his face and suffered nerve damage.

DCSDC has confirmed that the attack is being investigated. Speaking at Thursday's full monthly meeting of council, Mayor Maoliosa McHugh, wished the refuse collection worker a speedy recovery.

Mayor McHugh said the incident highlighted the need for responsible dog ownership.

"I would like to remind the general public that they have a responsibility that dogs are secured and are being watched all the time.

"It's a very serious injury that our worker has had as a result of that vicious attack."

(See this week's paper for story in full)

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