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Family dog killed 6-day-old baby

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family devastatedA FAMILY has been devastated by the loss of their six-day-old baby girl after their pet dog bit its head causing fatal injuries.

The terrified mother, Sharon John, ran into the street shouting: “I don’t know what to do, the dog ate my baby’s head”.

The family’s Alaskan Malamute, which is not covered by the dangerous dogs act and is often described as affectionate, loyal and a devoted companion, has since been seized by the police. The dogs were originally bred as sled dogs for work in the Arctic, but are now popular as family pets. Sharon’s partner, Patric Mullane, had brought the dog home after a night out several months earlier after someone had said that they were getting rid of it.

Eliza-Mae was born at Glangwilli Hospital last Wednesday but was only allowed home at the weekend after spending three days in intensive care following her birth.

Medics were called to the house in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire at around 8.30am on Tuesday and were shocked when they saw the extent of the injuries. Chief Inspector Ieuan Matthews said at the scene that the girl was dead by the time the ambulance arrived.

Neighbours have also been left in a state of disbelief at what has happened saying that the dog seemed harmless and never thought it would be capable of doing such a thing.

Patricia Punter told reporters: “It was terrible, I’ve never heard anything like it. Sharon was in a state of shock and just screaming. She’d only just brought her home. It’s just awful, they loved their dogs as much as their children.

“God only knows what has gone on in there, but Sharon was in bits. She was with a policeman and they wouldn’t let her back in the house”.

Other locals said that the dog was not savage and added that the family would tie up the dog outside the supermarket before they went inside and children would often stroke it.

Another neighbour told reporters the dog had escaped the night before the tragedy as a nearby bitch was in season. He said: “Someone found it and took it home. Perhaps the dog was feeling wound up.”

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

Patric and Sharon, who moved from Ireland ten years ago, were taken from their home to be interviewed by cops after the horrifying events.

Officers confirmed a post-mortem examination will be carried out to investigate the cause of the death before they would confirm that it was a dog attack.

A spokesman from Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Clearly, our sympathies are with the family at this tragic time and we have specialist officers who are supporting them. All I would ask is that you give them time and space to grieve”.

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  1. Eilidh Somerville

    February 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Your article starts off saying that the dog bit the baby’s head causing fatal injuries, but this has NOT been confirmed which you then went onto mention later in the article. Forensic examinations of the house and dog were completed last week and a post mortem should have been carried out by now. The dog (as far as currently known) is still alive and the police have not released a statement for quite a few days. All this adds up to there being more to this story than we are being told. It should also be noted that it has only been an elderly neighbour who has been quoted as saying that she heard the mother screaming that the dog ‘ate the baby’s head’. As far as I know the mother is not on record as saying that herself. The neighbour could easily have misheard the mother. I do wish that the media would not jump to conclusions until all the facts are available.

  2. Teifion

    March 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Bit unfair on the Herald, have you complained to the meedia and the papers with millions of readers ?

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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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