A YOUNG woman from Barrow has launched a fundraising appeal to provide accommodation for a man who was allegedly attacking by a 'pit bull' in the street.

Police were called to Collingwood Street in Barrow at around 7.14pm on Monday April 2 to reports of a man being injured following an attack by a dog.

Witnesses have reported that the dog was being encouraged to attack the man by its owner.

The Evening Mail also understands the incident was filmed. The dog, described as being a 'pit bull' by police, was seized.

The victim, a 57-year-old man from Barrow who lives in sheltered accommodation, suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Furness General Hospital where he is still receiving treatment.

Initial reports suggested the victim was homeless but the Evening Mail understands he lives in sheltered accommodation.

Georgia Little was so moved by the story, she decided to set up a crowdfunding appeal.

Her initial plan had been to give the homeless man money to pay for accommodation or clothes but after being contacted by his friend, she has agreed to donate the money to a local homeless charity.

The 26-year-old, who is from Barrow but now lives in London, said: "This horrendous action is not a representation of Barrow and its caring community.

"Let's raise some money to offer this man a few nights rest in a hostel or home to recover from his injuries and stress.

"Any money may help him with a meal, a shower, sleep or some new clothes.

"Please give whatever you can and show this man, and the town how much we care as a community."

You can view Miss Little's appeal online HERE .

A 26-year-old man from Barrow has been arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released pending an investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the attack, or who has a copy of the video footage reportedly taken of the attack, is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.