A woman has suffered a serious leg injury after being mauled by a dog in Liverpool.
Paramedics were called to a house in Binns Road, Old Swan, in the early hours of this morning.
It is understood the dog, thought to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross-breed, pounced following a domestic argument between the man and woman living in the house.
The woman, in her late 20s, suffered a serious bite injury to her lower leg.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said she was taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital for treatment and later transferred to a specialist plastic surgery unit at Whiston Hospital.
The man suffered a less serious bite injury to his hand.
Police dispatched a specialist dog patrol unit and the dog was contained within 10 minutes of being called.
It was quickly established the dog was not an illegal breed but it was destroyed with the consent of the owners.
A NWAS spokesman said: “We were called at 2.31am and we arrived at the scene at 2.34am.
“We took a female in her late 20s with a dog bite wound to Royal Liverpool Hospital.”
The attack comes less than two months after the death of Old Swan woman Louise Caygill who was mauled to death by her pet Staffordshire bull terrier.
A close friend is understood to have reported their concerns for her safety at 10.46am on Sunday July 20.
The police turned up at the scene and found the 43-year-old dead in her bloodied kitchen.