A woman in her 20s is in a stable condition at Cork University Hospital after suffering serious injuries when she was attacked by a pitbull mastiff in her home in Co Cork.
She suffered serious injuries to both arms when the dog, which belonged to her partner, attacked her at their home in Mitchelstown.
Gardaí had to draw their batons and repeatedly strike the dog to get him to release the woman after the attack.
She underwent emergency surgery to try and save her hands, which were badly injured.
Gardaí managed to get the dog to a secure area last night. It is being held until its owner returns home.
However, it is expected he will be put down.