Inside raided Dublin house where dog shot after mauling Garda in robbery search

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Here is the inside of the property that was raided by Gardai on Monday night in connection with a spate of armed robberies in south Dublin.

Armed Gardai opened the door of the building where one of their officers was met by a ravaging pit bull terrier who chomped on the garda’s private parts, later needing medical treatment, as they carried out the search warrant.

During the planned Garda sting, ‘Alfie’ the dog was “shot and tasered” by officers after he viciously attacked the member of the force.

The dog was put down by a vet following the incident with the injured Garda member also needing treatment at the time.

Earlier that day, a gunman threatened shop workers at a shop in Rialto leaving with cash before entering a supermarket in Kilmainham, threatening staff again and leaving with cigarettes.

As part of the Garda investigation into the incidents, a raid took place at this property in Inchicore where one man was arrested.

An official vet report, as seen by Dublin Live and shared by the dog’s owner on social media, showed that the dog needed urgent medical treatment and was taken to the vet by the owner.

Alfie the dog

The vet’s report states the mutt received a “wound to the right side of his face, on the right shoulder and a taser dart on its rib”.

The report claims the owner “was offered treatment for the dog…but declined on financial grounds”.

It adds that the owner then “elected euthanasia as first aid treatment” and that a Garda from Kevin Street Station had contacted the clinic about the incident.

The owner of the dog, a young woman, claimed in a social media post that the dog was only trying to protect those on the premises.

Videos exclusively obtained by Dublin Live show one person going around the property that was raided showing various household items bloodied by the wounded animal.

They can be heard saying “he lost his life for trying to protect his family, that’s all. He didn’t deserve what happened to him”.

The owner of the dog said on social media that her mutt was a lifesaver to her throughout the years and her best friend.

She said: “Gardai booted down my door. You don’t know the full story.

“Alfie was trying to protect us as any pet would do, he was my best friend, he got me through my wars and the Garda, who was bitten, shot him in the face.

“Alfie was a friendly lifesaver that I loved and adored and called my best friend. R.I.P buddy you’re at rest now, you didn’t deserve what happened to you.”

A close family friend, who shared the images with Dublin Live, said the woman is still shaken following the incident.

They said: “He was a loving dog just protecting his family like any dog would do, big or small.

“The comments on Facebook about the incident are vile. It wasn’t a funny thing at all.

“Alfie was the only thing that was keeping that girl going. She loved it like it was a child.

They added: “She’s going through a really rough time at the moment.”

A garda spokesman said at the time of the incident: “Gardaí have arrested a man in his 20s as part of ongoing investigations into armed robbery incidents in Rialto and Kilmainham on Monday, 11th January 2021.

“Shortly after 12 noon a lone male armed with a handgun entered a shop in Rialto and threatened staff before leaving the scene with a sum of cash. Moments later a man entered a supermarket and post office in the Kilmainham area and threatened staff before leaving the scene with a quantity of cigarettes. No one was physically harmed in either incident.

“In the course of a follow-up operation, local Detectives and members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) searched a house in the Inchicore area this evening and arrested a man in his 20s. He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Kevin Street Garda Station. (He can be held for up to three days.) A number of items believed to be connected with the robberies were seized in evidence.

“During the operation, an official firearm was discharged when Gardaí were attacked by a dog. One Garda member was injured in the attack and required medical treatment. The dog has been removed for veterinary treatment.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

A spokeswoman for Gardai added this morning that the “matter continues to be investigated and no updates have been issued at this time”.

Source: Dublin News