Belfast City Council has launched an investigation after a little girl was mauled by a dog.
Wednesday's Irish News reports the eight-year-old needed 80 stitches both to her head and body after being attacked by a pit-bull type dog.
Annie McFadden was pinned to the ground and attacked and, after she was able to free herself, was set upon once again.
Doctors told the family one injury was just 2cms from piercing the girl's heart. She is to meet with doctors at the end of the week for possible nerve damage to her shoulder.
“I feel disgusted that the dog was off the lead, especially a dog like that, with kids playing,” grandmother Anne-Marie O’Dwyer said.
She said her granddaughter has suffered nightmares since the attack.
“She just keeps saying ‘Why did the dog jump me?' She just doesn’t understand. She didn’t go near the dog. The dog went to her.
“She could be dead, without a doubt."
The incident happened in the Cliftonville Road area near to Girdwood Community Hub on Sunday evening at around 6pm.
Police said the incident was reported to them and the matter passed to the council's dog warden for investigation.
Belfast City Council confirmed it was investigating.