A vicar has had the end of her finger bitten off by a dog while delivering leaflets for her Northolt church.
Rev Deborah Chapman, of St Hugh's Church, in Kensington Road, was attacked as she posted a flyer through a letterbox in the Grand Union Village on Friday evening.
The 55-year-old had to rush to hospital to have the wound patched up, said: "Unfortunately my index finger went that little bit too far in. There was no beware of the dog sign and the dog a silent one, it didn't bark so I didn't know it was there.
"It wasn't as bad as it could've been, I was aware you have to be a bit careful. I had the fleshy skin at the end of my finger torn off but the dog probably would've taken all my finger, it came at me with all it's strength, I could feel it."
Rev Chapman could not have stitches because there was no skin left to sew back up. She has to take antibiotics and pain killers and needs her wound dressed regularly with fresh bandages.
She added: "It hasn't stopped me doing anything and I was back out delivering leaflets a few days later. It'll heal, it'll just take time for the skin to develop again. I just think it has been a warning that just because there is no barking or beware of the dog sign, it doesn't mean a dog isn't behind the door."