A pensioner was attacked by a dog after passing a group of people who had to pull the animal off her as she lay defenceless on the ground.
The 63-year-old was making her way home in Firs Street in Falkirk when the brown dog, which could have been Rottweiler, pit bull or terrier charged at her shortly after 11am last Wednesday.
The terrified victim had came from Victoria Road heading towards Thornhill Road when she saw the unleashed dog in the company of three men and a woman.
After walking past the group she heard a whistle from behind and turned round to see the dog running towards her before jumping up and knocking her to the ground and puncturing her right arm with a bite.
The men and woman rushed to pull the dog off her and helped her to her feet, but disappeared with the animal into a nearby communal stairwell.
The woman was treated at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for her injuries and was discharged the same day.
Police have now issued an appeal to the public for anyone who may have information on the incident and the identity of the group and dog.
Inspector Billy Drummond of Police Scotland said: “Whilst this was a very bad dog bite it could have been so much worse if it was a child that had been attacked.
“The woman sustained a painful injury as a result of this incident, which could have, quite easily, been avoided if a leash had been used on the animal. It is worth remembering that it is the responsibility of dog owners to ensure their pets are under control at all times when in public.
The three men are described as white, in their 40s and all had thin faces. One of the men wore a tan leather jacket and had dark hair while another had grey hair.
The woman is said to be in her 30s, white, medium/heavy build with dark coloured hair worn in a bobbed style and with a thin face.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.