ALVIN, Texas, April 23 (UPI) -- Chelsi Camp, a woman from Alvin Texas, was dog-sitting a friend’s pitbull when the animal sniffed her small daughter then suddenly attacked, biting the child’s face, latching its jaws onto her small head.
“The dog came up and he was just curious and when he smelled her that’s when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her,” said Camp.
Camp shoved her fist into the dog’s mouth to stop it mauling Mackenzi, yelling at her daughter to turn over so she wouldn’t choke on her own blood.
Camp kept fighting, biting off the dog’s ear before the tussle ended, saying she didn’t know what else to do.
“How else do you get somebody to stop?” she said. “I mean I would do the same thing with a human being.”
Camp managed to phone police and the dog was euthanized.
Camp, who sustained bites herself, temporarily lost the use of her arms after the scrape.
“I can actually hold her again. I couldn’t hold her for the first week that was the hardest part.”
Mackenzi Plass survived but will have scars on her face from the dog bites. She’ll have her sutures removed this week and she’ll have to stay out of the sun for a year, but she’s otherwise well.
“She’s great. You wouldn’t know it if you couldn’t see. If you were a blind man you wouldn’t know anything was wrong."
“She’s a strong little girl and a fighter,” Camp said.
Like mother, like daughter.