Irish man mauled to death by dogs in Malaysia

An Irish tourist has been mauled to death by two dogs at an organic farm in Malaysia.

Maurice Sullivan, 50, died at the scene after being attacked by the animals on the northern island of Penang on Sunday.

Mr Sullivan was reportedly staying at the farm and was out taking photos when he was set upon.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance to his family.

Local media quoted the farm owner as saying he would hand over the dogs, which he reared to protect the farm from wild boars and pythons, to the veterinary department.

State veterinary department director Wan Mohamad Kamil Wan Nik said his officers would take the dogs and monitor them for 10 days for rabies before deciding what to do with them.

He said they were cross-breed dogs, common in Malaysia. This was the first such fatal attack in the state, he added.

It is unclear what caused the animals to maul Mr Sullivan.

He had been staying at the farm with his Polish girlfriend, named locally as Agnieszka Jablonska.

It is believed she was some distance from Mr Sullivan when the dogs pounced, but did witness the attack.