Texas mom bites off dog's ear to stop attack on 2-year-old girl

Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal that put her mother's animal instincts to the test.

ALVIN, Texas -- In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl.

Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack.

"She'll be two-and-a-half in May," said her very proud mother, Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."

Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal that put her mother's animal instincts to the test.

"You do whatever you can," Camp said. "I don't have physical strength at my side."

It happened at the end of March at the Avana at South Shore Apartments on E. League City Parkway. Camp was dog sitting a friend's pit bull who always seemed friendly, until he met Mackenzi.

"The dog came up and he was just curious," Camp said. "When he smelled her, that's when you saw it flip, because I think he smelled my dog on her."

The dog attacked the little girl, so Camp was forced to fight.

She shoved her fist into the dog's mouth and bit its ear off all while telling her daughter to turn over so she didn't choke on blood.

"I only know to fight, so how else do you get somebody to stop?" Camp said. "I mean, I would do the same thing with a human being."

During the struggle, Camp managed to call 911.  An officer who showed up at the scene shot the dog, but didn't kill it.

Camp comes from a family of dog lovers and still loves them, no matter what the breed. She is back at work now and has full use of her arms again.

"I can actually hold her again," Camp said. "I couldn't hold her for the first week -- that was the hardest part."

Mackenzi has to stay out of direct sunlight for a year and gets her sutures out this week.

"She's a strong little girl and a fighter," Camp said. "She's meant to be here."

The dog was later euthanized.

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