A violent thug forced his way into a family’s home with his pit bull terrier which mauled a family pet and left a man’s finger "hanging on by just flesh".
Dublin mum Gemma Kelly described how the mystery man burst through their front door uninvited on the evening of Sunday, November 8.
He had apparently chased one of Gemma's young daughters up the street after the schoolgirl and the man's daughter had an argument.
Gemma said: "It happened so fast. I was in the kitchen when my daughter came running in up the steps into the house screaming for her dad, and then this man barged into our home behind her."
"He let his dog loose in the house," she told Dublin Live.
"It went straight for our dog Buster. He's a gentle, shy old dog and I immediately tried to stop him going for his throat.
"Meanwhile, the man was screaming at my daughter, threatening to kill her and all of us. We couldn't believe what was happening.
"Even his daughter came in and was hysterically pleading with him to stop."
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Gemma continued: "All of this took place in front of my five children who are aged from five to 13.
"Then, as I was trying to pull the pitbull off Buster, he started punching me in the back of the head.
"He was adamant that we let his dog do his thing, he really didn't want the dogs separated. He was punching me to stop me from pulling his dog off ours."
Gemma went on: "He was just ranting and raving, telling me he was going to kill all my children, he was going to burn my house down. He told my daughter several times that he was going to 'effin kill' her.
"She’s only in primary school," she said, "speaking of which, this man's own daughter was there too – and she was hysterical as well, begging him to stop. She was distraught.
"Now even today, I couldn’t tell you what this man looked like – as I said, everything all happened so fast."
Dublin police confirmed they were investigating the horror attack.
A spokesman said: "Gardaí are investigating an incident that occurred at a residence in Ongar, Co.Dublin on Sunday, 8 November 2020 at approximately 7pm."
They added that as yet no arrests have been made but investigations "are ongoing".
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