Mom Bites Dog's Ear Off to Save Child From Vicious Pit Bull Attack

toddler bit by dogWe often say we would do anything for our children, anything to protect them. Thankfully that isn't always put to the test but one mother was forced to do the unthinkable to save her child's life. Chelsi Camp and her 2-year-old daughter Mackenzi Plass were playing outside their home in Alvin, Texas. Camp was dog sitting a neighbor's dog and she was introducing the pit bull to her daughter. The pit bull seemed friendly (like many pit bulls -- many dogs -- are) but something changed in the pup and he attacked the toddler. Mackenzi was bitten all over her body, most serverely to her head and face.

Camp first shoved her fist into the dog's mouth to try to release the dog's bite from her daughter and unable to overpower the pup, she bit his ear off. It sounds extreme, but in the moment this mom's instinct took over to do whatever it was she needed to do to save her child.



More startling than the mother biting the dog's ear off is the wounds all over Mackenzi's body. I cannot imagine the sheer terror this child and mother felt when this was happening.

Camp was able to get the dog off her daughter who she told to lay face down so she wouldn't choke on all the blood over all her head and face. Mom was still fending off the dog who was then attacking her and biting her arms. Somehow, she managed to call 911 during the struggle with the dog. The pup was eventually shot by the police, but not killed. Although he was later euthanized.

Both mom and daughter are recovering well. Camp was temporarily unable to use her arms because of the wounds. "I can actually hold [Mackenzi] again. I couldn’t hold her for the first week that was the hardest part," she said, referring to those wounds.

Despite the attack, Camp says she doesn't villainize pit bulls -- she is a dog lover no matter the breed.

This mom credits her daughter and her strength for getting through this, but I also have to credit the mother for her bravery and quick-thinking to do what it seems she had to do to save her daughter. What a terrifying experience. They may forever have the scars, but thankfully they also have their lives.

What do you think of this story? Do you fear dogs around your children?

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youth... youthfulsoul

This is terrible and beyond that I'll shut my mouth because I feel a certain way about this breed.  I'm sure evryone will come out of the woodwork to claim otherwise.

Sunny... SunnyDaze87

I would have done the same thing. I would do anything I had to do to save my children, if it means layin down my own be it. I feel this way about all dogs in general, they can turn at anytime..even if they have been around said child for a long time(over a year). Anything is possible at any point and time. That*s why we as parents have to be on our P*s & Q*s at all times.

berit berit

It's not the breed, it's how they're raised. I worked as a vet tech for years. I met 10 aggressive border collies for every 1 pit. As long as they are trained well and socialized and not inbred they are usually fine.

DogMo... DogMom1990

At least she doesn't blame all Pit Bulls, but I don't trust strange dogs of any breed around my child, I'm always observing their body language. I trust my own dogs, one of which is an American Pit Bull Terrier, but I wouldn't trust the nieghbors dog. I don't know if the dog has been properly socialized around children. I know my dogs have been. You just have to teach your kids about dog body language. I'm sure there were probably signs that maybe the dog in this situation was uncomofortable or afraid and the mom mistook that for being friendly and the dog probably did give a warning sign such as licking its lips or panting.

SaphireH SaphireH

omg that poor lil girl, mom did the right thing to stop it. my love to both of them and i hope there isnt any permanant damage to either of them

Love1... Love15072012

Way to go mom !!! That is amazing... at least she didn't blame the breed I had a pit bull since I was little and he was more faithful and loving then the damn Chihuahua I have now lol he was the best dog but after years he passed away :( but my mother in law has a pit bull and I have 21 month old twins and a 7 year old and he loved my kids and if a stranger came up to my kids he would bark at them and growl not all pit bulls are bad and vicious it all depends how you raise them... but I would never have my child around any type of dog I do t know very well...

Asada... Asadancer3

It would be really nice to know what provoked the dog.. This story makes no sense.. So they were introduced to the dog and then it jut viciously attacked? And what happened to the dogs owner during this "attack"? Seems like a made up story to me

Asada... Asadancer3

Oh ok I see she was dog sitting but ok what kind of idiot takes their 2 year old to a strange house with a strange dog? Oh ya the same kind of dumb bitch who would bite a dogs ear off...

Jessica Palmer

So her doing what she could to get a dog trying to kill her daughter off of her makes her a dumb bitch? I would have snapped its neck or beat it to death with something if it was my child.

nonmember avatar Leslie

That's sad. Obviously something triggered the pup. My pitbull loves my daughter and has been in love with her since she was in my belly. Although I wouldn't leave them both unattended, I trust my dog with my little one. My dog is as ferocious as a cupcake lol she's afraid of everything.

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