Gardaí investigating after woman killed in dog attack in County Limerick

23-year-old Nicole Morey. Photo: Facebook.

A WOMAN in her 20s has reportedly died following a dog attack in County Limerick overnight, and just 24 hours after Gardaí issued a warning about dog attacks following a separate incident in which a boy was injured in the city.

Emergency services were called to a house in Fedamore, near Ballyneety, shortly before midnight last night, where a 23-year-old woman was found injured inside a gated entrance at the premises.

The woman was reportedly treated at the scene, and she was pronounced dead sometime later.

The woman has been named locally as Nicole Morey, who had celebrated her 23rd birthday on the day the fatal attack took place.

The body was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be carried out later today.

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Gardaí said the attack on the woman last night occurred at a house at Ballyneety shortly before midnight.

It’s reported there was no one else at the premises at the time.

“At approximately 11.40pm last night, Tuesday 4th June 2024, Gardaí received report and attended an incident where a woman (23) was fatally injured following a dog attack at a domestic residence in Ballyneety, County Limerick,” a Garda spokeswoman confirmed.

“The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.”

A number of other dogs, suspected to be from a restricted breed, were seized as part of a Garda investigation into the woman’s death.

“The animal believed to be involved in the incident has now been destroyed. A number of other dogs have been seized,” said the Garda spokeswoman.

“An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214 340, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.”

Separately, Gardaí issued an alert yesterday (Tuesday) after a 9-year-old boy was attacked and injured by dog in Limerick City on May 29.

Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer at Henry Street Garda Station, said: “A dog in the city centre bit a 9-year-old boy last Wednesday 29 May at 8.30pm, and the boy had to go to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.”

“Nobody wants this to happen so be responsible for your dog,” Sergeant Leetch advised dog owners.

“Protect your dog but also protect any people it may come in contact with.

“You must know your dog and know if they are on the restricted dog breeds list, so look at the website if you are not sure.

“There are rules that must be followed, restricted breeds of dogs must wear a muzzle in public, be on a short lead, wear a collar with owners’ information on it and the person controlling the dog must be over 16 years of age.

“These rules are in place to protect everybody including the dog,” said Sergeant Leetch.