Tipp Garda savaged by pit bull terriers in horror attack

A garda based in the Ballymacarbry area was savaged by five pit bull terriers when he called to a house in the course of his duty on Monday evening.

A garda based in the Ballymacarbry area was savaged by five pit bull terriers when he called to a house in the course of his duty on Monday evening.

Gda. Donal Foley, a former Tipperary county footballer, was due to undergo surgery at South Tipperary General Hospital yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) arising from the injuries he sustained in the attack, which occurred shortly before 9pm.

The officer, who is a prominent member of Moyle Rovers GAA Club, received serious lacerations to his hands, legs and lower body.

It’s understood he was introducing himself to the occupants of the house he was calling to when the pack of dogs came around the corner and pounced on him.

Gda. Foley has served as a garda in the Ballymacarbry area for more than 25 years.

His brother, former Fine Gael county councillor Derry Foley, said his family were alarmed that after his ordeal, Donal had to spend the night on a trolley in a corridor in South Tipperary General Hospital before securing a hospital bed.

“This was a guy who was doing his duty for the State and was injured while on duty,” he said.