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Pair jailed for two years over dog attack on boy


A man and a woman have been jailed following a dog attack in Co Wexford which left a nine-year-old boy with serious facial injuries.

The incident happened on 27 November 2022 at the Forgelands estate in Enniscorthy.

Alejandro Mizsan, who is now aged 11, was attacked by an XL Bully dog while playing on a green with friends.

Karen Miller, with an address formerly of Forgelands in Enniscorthy pleaded guilty at Wexford Circuit Court to two charges of endangerment in relation to the attack and a separate attack on another child four days earlier, on 23 November 2022.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction, by failing to inform gardaí where the dog was while it was being put down.

Niall Byrne, also with an address formerly of Forgelands in Enniscorthy, pleaded guilty to the inhumane destruction of an animal.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to kill or cause serious harm.

Judge James McCourt sentenced Karen Miller to three years in prison for each of the endangerment counts, with the final 12 months of each sentence suspended.

He said he took the obstruction charge into consideration.

The judge handed down a sentence to Niall Byrne of three years for each of the threats to kill or cause serious harm and 20 months for the inhumane killing of the dog.

Mr Byrne, who has been in custody since November 2022, was given a credit of 12 months for time already served.

It means Karen Miller and Niall Byrne will each serve two years in jail.


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