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Two tourist couples attacked by dogs on Malin Head since Saturday

In two separate incidents, the Spanish and Italian tourists were bitten while out walking the cliffs

Malin Head, Co Donegal
Malin Head, Co Donegal
Image: Grace5mith via Flickr/Creative Commons

THERE HAVE BEEN two separate incidents of tourists needing medical attention after being bitten by dogs on Malin Head in Donegal in recent days. On both occasions, the help of local Irish Coast Guard staff was sought by the victims.

The first attack happened on Saturday. A Spanish couple knocked on the door of the coast guard station seeking medical help after being attacked. The worst bite required six stitches.

A staff member at the station told this evening that first aid was administered at the scene, and that the couple were later taken to hospital.

Yesterday, two Italian tourists arrived at the station, also having been badly bitten while trying to walk the Malin cliffs.

According to the Coast Guard, stitches weren’t needed in this second case, and the couple were taken to hospital for follow-up treatment.

Gardaí are investigating.

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