An Aberdeen grandmother is recovering after being cornered and viciously attacked by a dog while she was out with her pet.
Alison Milne was walking her border terrier Brodie in Garthdee when she was chased and pinned to a tree by the Staffordshire bull terrier cross-type.
She suffered scratches to her leg and, days later, had to be taken to hospital by ambulance because of the stress caused by the ordeal.
The 66-year-old retired sales supervisor fears her injuries could have been much worse had two passers-by not stepped in to intervene, including a woman in a car who gave her refuge.
She said: “I was walking Brodie and the dog pinned me up against the tree.
“A man came to help. He said: ‘It’s not my dog, but I’ll try to get him off’.’
She added: “God knows what would have happened if the woman had not got me into her car.”
Following the attack, on December 15, Mrs Milne reported the incident to the police and the city council.
Both organisations are now investigating and working to track down the owner.
Mrs Milne added: “I have never been so terrified. I don’t feel safe leaving the house now.
“What if the dog attacks someone again, or kills a dog? Something must be done.”