Boy attacked by dog in West Donegal is awarded €20,000

April 23, 2024

A young boy who was attacked by a Jack Russell dog while out playing on his bike has been awarded €20,000 in damages.

The boy and his parents appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal where the Junior Infant Ruling was heard by Judge John Aylmer.

The court was told that the boy was aged 8 at the time of the incident in June 2018.

He was out cycling with friends in the Burtonport area when the was set upon by the dog.

The boy suffered bite marks on his left arm and also scratches on his back.

The boy was treated by local Doctor Dara McEniff for soft tissue injuries but there was no serious scarring.

Barrister for the young boy, now aged 13, Mr Sean McGee, said the victim had suffered psychological issues as a result of the dog attack.

He became anxious and would not go outdoors as much as he he developed a fear of dogs which caused him to hyperventilate and also vomit on occasions.

His fear of dogs extended to include the family’s two pet dogs and he even missed going out trick or treating with his friends at Halloween for fear of coming across dogs on the street.

Although six sessions of counselling had been recommended for the boy, Mr McGee told the court that they had not been taken up.

He added that the boy’s father had taken it upon himself to get the boy “out and about” again.

Mr McGee added that having met with the boy’s parents again, he said the offer of €20,000 was a “fair enough assessment.”

Judge John Aylmer said the offer was reasonable in all the circumstances and told Mr McGee he was entitled to his costs.