Mom attacks dog and bites off its ear to save daughter during attack

FRESNO, California

Scars on little Mackenzi Plass' face tell the story of a vicious attack. Last month she was with her mom, Chelsi Camp, who was dog sitting a friend's pit bull when the animal snapped after smelling her.

Chelsi said, "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."

The dog bit the 2-year-old's face and arms.

While her little girl was bleeding on the floor, Chelsi's own animal instinct kicked in. She shoved her fists in the dog's mouth and bit off a chunk of its ear.

"You do whatever you can," she said. "I don't have physical strength at my side. How else do you get somebody to stop? I mean, I would do the same thing with a human being."

Chelsi can now use her hands again. She says the hardest part of the injury was not being able to hold her daughter.

Little Mackenzi has to stay out of sunlight while she recovers. But the little girl is expected to be just fine.

The dog was euthanized.

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