A six-year-old girl is recovering in hospital in Limerick after being attacked by a dog.

The attack happened yesterday evening as the young girl played on a green area near her home in Lynwood Park.

The child suffered injuries to her face and body.

Gardaí and the local dog warden are investigating the incident.

The dog, an American Akita, has since been put down.

Gardaí are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.