A woman is recovering in hospital after she was attacked by an American Akita dog in Co Donegal.
The woman, who works as a carer, had called to the home of a patient on the outskirts of Letterkenny when she was viciously set upon by the dog in an unprovoked attack.
The young woman suffered a broken leg after she was bitten and dragged along the ground by the animal. She also suffered abdominal injuries.
The victim was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital, where she is still recovering from her injuries.
Her overall condition is not known, but it is understood she received multiple bites during the attack.
It is understood the dog was later destroyed.
Local ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley confirmed he is aware of the incident but could not comment.
The American Akita or Great Japanese Dog is a powerful Spitz-type hound originating from Japan, not the USA as its widely-accepted name suggests.
They have become more popular in Ireland in recent years.