Two women continued to receive medical treatment following a serious dog attack in Waterford city on Sunday.
The incident occurred around midday on Friday in an area of St. John’s Park in the center of the city.
The dog, believed to be an XL bully pit bull, attacked a woman in her 30s and another in her late teens.
Emergency services were called including gardaí, an ambulance from University Hospital Waterford and a dog warden from Waterford City and County Council. The dog was subsequently confiscated by the local council.
The Garda investigation is ongoing.
Sinn Féin councilor John Hearne, who is based in Waterford city and supports animal welfare, said he wished the two women who were attacked “a speedy and full recovery.”
But he criticized the delay in plans to overhaul animal welfare rules after a brutal attack on a young boy in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last year, which left him with serious facial injuries when he was attacked by the same type of dog. A woman has since been charged with dog control and pleaded guilty.
Alejandro Mizsan, then aged nine, was attacked by an XL bully dog while playing outside his home in Enniscorthy last November. He suffered horrific injuries in the attack and spent weeks in hospital in Dublin.