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Msida Dog Attack Owner Expected To Be Arraigned Next Month

Andre Galea, the Msida resident who made headline news after two of his dogs killed and mauled his grandmother, is expected to appear in court next month.

The incident happened in September 2020 when two of Galea’s dogs, which were residing in concrete blocks on his roof, descended into the maisonette where 95-year-old Inez Galea was residing.

The two dogs proceeded to attack Galea and her pet Chihuahua, killing both. Her grandson wasn’t home at the time.

Andre Galea was initially arrested but let out on police bail.

Uncertainty remained as to whether he will ever be charged for the death of his grandmother but well informed sources have informed Lovin Malta that he is set to appear in court on 4th February. 

Speaking to Lovin Malta, Galea’s lawyer, Charles Mercieca, said he thinks “it’s a matter of time” until Galea appears in court.

It is unclear what charges will be brought against Galea however early indications suggested that he was being investigated for involuntary homicide.

It was rumoured that Galea had been running a crude puppy mill on his roof with revelations that Animal Welfare was aware of the situation over a year before the attack but failed to act on reports filed by nearby residents.

A self-proclaimed breeder, Galea had surrendered most of his pets including several dogs, kittens, a hamster and more to animal activists following the horrific incident.

However, he has since adopted at least one other dog.

It is also believed that one of his dogs has since died since the incident. Lovin Malta has made attempts to contact Galea to confirm the above.

The saga has shed a light on the Animal Welfare Department’s lack of accountability which resulted in public scrutiny following inaction taken on some high profile animal abuse cases this year.

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