LITTLE Jess the dog was viciously attacked by a stray dog.
The 12-year-old mongrel was being taken for a walk when a Japanese akita set upon her.
It left the loving dog with a punctured lung and four broken ribs.
Her owners are fearful Jess won’t recover from the terrifying ordeal.
Glenda and Arnold Beaumont are now warning other dog owners to be extra careful.
Mrs Beaumont, from Deighton, said: “We are both so upset.
“We keep thinking what if it had been a child?
“Jess is 12-years-old now which doesn’t help her recovery.
“We are just hoping that she will make it through this.”
Mr Beaumont had taken Jess for a walk on Saturday afternoon when the incident happened.
He was two doors away from the family home on Warrenside when the akita dog walked up to them and leapt on Jess without any warning.
It left Jess and Mr Beaumont shaken.
Jess was taken to the vets after the attack and was given antibiotics and treatment for her punctured lung.
Japanese akitas are large dogs and can be aggressive towards other dogs.
The couple have never seen the other dog before and have not yet found out who owns it.
But they have reported the incident to the dog warden at Kirklees Council and warned other dog owners near to where they live to be extra vigilant.
The grandparents rescued Jess when she was just a puppy. She had been knocked down but was given a loving home with the family in Deighton where she has lived ever since.
Mrs Beaumont added: “It’s a case of rest and hope for her.
“Something could still go wrong with her lungs, but we are hoping she will recover from this.
“I am shocked by what happened.
“And I keep thinking what if I had been walking her with one of my grandchildren?
“Or what if it was one of the children who live and play on the street?
“It could be next time.
“Dog owners need to keep their dogs on a lead.”