Mom Bites Off Dog’s Ear To Save Daughter During Attack

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A mother in Texas relied on some animal instincts to fight back a dog when it attacked her infant daughter.

In March, the mother’s family was watching a friend’s pit bull when it attacked her two-year-old daughter Kenzi, affiliate station WGHP reported.

“When he smelled her, that’s when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her,” mother Chelsi Camp said.

When the dog attacked the child, the mother fought back by biting off the dog’s ear. She shoved her fist down the dog’s throat and was able to fight off the animal, WGHP reported.

Later, 911 was called, and an officer shot the dog. The animal was later put down.

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  • mark

    it’s always so easy to profile people (& dogs) in life. my point is not to profile the people that own breeds like this, but to be aware of the nature & instincts of a particular dog breed that has fighter/killer instinct …… that said, i have the utmost respect for the greatest instinct of all: that of mother & child. she must feel so good how she reacted in the face of danger in that particular incident ;-)

  • Lindsey

    @Ella, that was such an ignorant comment. Thanks for reaffirming the rest of this country’s suspicions that Arkansas is full of ignorant rednecks. My husband and I have had pitbulls before. We are God fearing, Christian people with a family that we take very good care of and yet… Have never done drugs. We don’t even smoke or accept welfare (because I’m sure that’s where you’re going next). I agree that pitbulls are more prone to attacks but use caution with any animal and keep your small children away from all breeds. I’d like to see what people said about Labs or golden retrievers if the media publicized those attacks as much as they do the pitbulls.

    • Justice

      Lindsey…dont make make this about Arkansas! We are not all rednecks and Im sure you are no better than any of the people in Arkansas! What state are you from? People like you need an education!

    • Lisa Garrison Harvey

      Lindsey, your ignorance of the state of Arkansas is embarassing. You boast of being a Christian but yet you make fun and name call a whole state. Very impressive. Here’s a thought, pick up a book and educate yourself.

    • Jessica

      Lindsey, I work in media, and I agree with your comments.
      The reason we’re more likely to cover a pit bull attack is because when a pit bull DOES attack, there is typically more damage. However, a pit bull is no more likely to attack than a poodle or chihuahua.

      I’m appalled by the judgmental stereotyping. I applaud the mom for protecting her daughter. God bless you!

  • atc8824

    The more I read about pit bulls the more I think some are right because I own a Lab and he smells my grand daughters dogs on her but he doesn’t attack he follows her around sniffing.I owned a Doberman and she would attack nothing except the big rat she found in her dog house.It is a shame that people over time have made these dogs symbols of drugs and violence.My great grandmother had a pit bull in early 1900’s and he guarded the kids and the food while she went to field to get men for supper.I am proud of the Mom for quick thinking and hope she is ok from putting her arm in dogs mouth.Prayers to the little girl.

  • Dee McFall

    Wow the ignorance here is astounding… I own 8 pitbulls… My husband is an Army veteran and going into law enforcement. We have four daughters from age 1-8 and we raise and breed pit bulls and American Bullys. Human aggression is NOT typical of the breed and I’m an advocate to euthanize any human aggressive dogs regardless of the breed. I have never done drugs neither has my husband. Proper breeding, health testing, and training are key to ANY dog. No breed is more apt to attack than another… Pit bulls are just the target breed for this generation. I live how the lab that killed a child in Oklahoma wasn’t televised, or the yorkie who. Mauled a baby in Tennessee wasn’t national news… Until the public educates itself on the breed and stops being afraid of them because of their own ignorance we will see more stories like this. Unfortunately the media plays up all the negative on this breed instead of the positive things they are doing… We have multiple pit bulls and American Bullys that we have donated to wounded veterans coming home from war and disabled children (including one of my own) as service dogs… Or the PitBull who found an abandoned baby in the woods and carried it to safety and protected it… Where are those stories? What about Baby… The pit bull who saved her family from a burning house in the middle of the night?! Shame on you judge mental people. I DARE you to meet one of MY dogs and then still believe the way you do. Me? I prefer to educate myself on things I speak on…

    • heather

      @DEE MCFALL i loved what you wrote nothing but the facts. People these days are very ill-educated about the breed. I have two pit bulls myself who have never snapped at my kids or have showed any aggression towards any human EVER! The only thing i have seen them go after is a fly! I have had countless kids over at my house who will put their hands in my dogs food bowl and my dogs will eat it out of their hands. The media needs to stop giving pit bulls a bad name. I wish one day they could learn how to put the good things pit bulls do on here instead of all the bad that they do because of how they were raised. if you chain a pit bull up all day everyday yes that pit bull will be aggressive OWNERS FAULT. if you cage a pit bull up all day yes it will be aggressive ONCE AGAIN OWNERS FAULT. and for who ever that was that wrote about pit bulls in arkansas. haha funny. i live in arkansas do not do drugs and i have pit bulls so why dont you get your facts straight before you write something that is not true people like you and the media is why they have a bad name and is why all the good pit bulls out there who are the best dogs and the sweetest things you will ever meet have a bad name. so shame on you!! i shall pray for you. :)

      • Bamboo

        As noble as it is to champion the dog breed, you and the initial poster are just plain wrong. There was nothing fact-related in that post and finding the facts on this dog breed is as simple as looking at the CDC statistics on dog attacks over the decades.

        Any dog attack on humans is required to be reported to the CDC by law and this isn’t at all a case of the media cherry picking this breed to paint with a broad brush.

        Attacks like this are just the reality of the unstable nature of this breed.

    • atc8824

      You can blame the thugs and junkies for the name the pit has today.Not all owners are druggies but the dog of choice for drug dealers is the pit not the dogs fault that drug lords like them.

    • Robert

      Thank you Dee. The media portrays pit bull attacks differently then any other attack. I had a pit bull save my life as a child against a mountain lion. Yet my sister was attacked by a golden retriever. I had a neighbor get attacked by a labradoodle a few years ago. Does that make them horrible to own? Absolutely not. I have owned many breeds of dogs in my life and it is all on the owners of how they were trained, and raised. Not on the breed.

  • mark

    this is not about making opinions about owners of a certain breed. just the danger potential in that animal. do you leave a loaded gun in front of a child? of course not….then don’t leave a dog like that in front of a child (especially when you’re dog sitting) focus on the potential danger of a pit bull no matter what the situation, not just defending your own experience as an owner of one

  • Britni

    @ Dee Mcfall, I LOVE everything you wrote in your comment!! :) You are so right, human aggression is not as common as the media portrays!! They do more good than they do harm, but the stupid media & uneducated people believe the BS that they read!! I feel so sorry for this little girl & yes I believe any dog that attacks a human should be put down immediately!! But to just be ignorant & say that pitbulls are all vicious & are unpredictable is NOT true! Our pitbull is 12 yrs old & I have two children who climb all over him, het in his face, touch him while he is eating, & he has NEVER once snapped at them!! It really is all in how u raise them…. Pitbulls are wonderful dogs & they are great with kids. Back in the early 1900’s tthey were used as Nanny dogs. ;) Again, I feel so sorry for this little girl, & nobody deserves this. Some dogs are just born aggressive…

  • Vanessa

    The ignorance of some people blaming pit bulls for their breed. Pits have a bad name cause the media makes it out to be that way! The media doesn’t report other dogs attacking and when they do all it says is “dog attacked (whatever it may be)” they don’t get into specific breeds unless it’s a pit bull. I have a pit bull, I’ve had one in the past and my mom has 2. For people to blame the dog is just ridiculous! And to say everyone or most people that have pit bulls have something to do with drugs is too! You can train any dog to fight or attack on command.

  • mark

    vanessa: then by your reasoning….would you leave your own pit bulls unattended within a jaw’s reach of your infant’s face?

  • heather

    @DEE MCFALL i loved what you wrote nothing but the facts. People these days are very ill-educated about the breed. I have two pit bulls myself who have never snapped at my kids or have showed any aggression towards any human EVER! The only thing i have seen them go after is a fly! I have had countless kids over at my house who will put their hands in my dogs food bowl and my dogs will eat it out of their hands. The media needs to stop giving pit bulls a bad name. I wish one day they could learn how to put the good things pit bulls do on here instead of all the bad that they do because of how they were raised. if you chain a pit bull up all day everyday yes that pit bull will be aggressive OWNERS FAULT. if you cage a pit bull up all day yes it will be aggressive ONCE AGAIN OWNERS FAULT. and for who ever that was that wrote about pit bulls in arkansas. haha funny. i live in arkansas do not do drugs and i have pit bulls so why dont you get your facts straight before you write something that is not true people like you and the media is why they have a bad name and is why all the good pit bulls out there who are the best dogs and the sweetest things you will ever meet have a bad name. so shame on you!! i shall pray for you. :)

  • zo

    You people are rediculous and simple minded.
    All these irrational comments over an untrained dog..


  • James

    Shouldn’t the owner know if the dog doesn’t like kids and shouldn’t the mom ask if the dog is ok with children both of these peoples faults don’t put a dog in a situation that you know it’s going to fail at both peoples fault good for the mom though for fighting back and good that they put the dog down

  • mark

    james the whole point is the UNCERTAINTY of the animal in front of a child’s face. not just an owner saying how “good” it’s been during it’s lifetime.

  • Steve-o

    Sorry, but there are certain breeds of dogs that pose a danger to the public and Pitts are one of those breeds. Taking the argument of “It’s the owners fault!” then why were Pitts responsible for 78% of dog attack fatalities in 2013? Out of the hundreds of breeds and thousands upon thousands of those other breeds out there, why are the majority of Pitt owners at fault? The breed is dangerous, period.

      • Lezlie Smith

        Did you research what type of care was given to each specific dog in those cases? That matters a lot. Pitbulls are not the problem. People are. Pitbulls were once considered the nanny dog because of how well they behaved with children. They are protective, gentle and loyal. Whatever set this dog off could have set any dog off that is not used to being around children. Being in a different environment stresses dogs out and if they feel threatened any dog could attack. These dogs are wonderful. To stereotype this dog is wrong and ignorant. Statics can say what they want, but until they tell me how the dog was raised (was it trained, was it exposed to children and other people, was it exercised properly and so on so forth). I read about a lab that mauled a child but you better believe that never reached the news…

    • Kip McCarty

      You are full of it steve . I would never own anything but a pit just because they are so smart and loyal . It has everything to do with how they are raised . If they have a life that is no more than a back yard or a chain they will act like it just like any other dog or human as far as that goes . if you show them love and take care of them like a child they will act accordingly .

  • Teresa Gregoire

    Which dog breed is most likely to bite?

    Dachund A study, published this week in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, with researchers questioning 6000 dog owners had some surprising conclusions.

    The dog breed most likely to bite was not the Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or German Shepherd, but …wait for it…the Dachshund. And second was the Chihuahua, followed by the Jack Russell Terrier.

  • Hasna

    I LOVE your comment… That’s very true. I will say to Pitt bull owner you may lucky enough your pb don’t attack your family YET pray that they will never get attack…
    We may need the comment from ex PB owner whose family got attacked by this dog…did they still own them?

    • Lezlie Smith

      Well then I hate Australian sherpards. They are dangerous dogs bc I was attacked by one not so long ago. I wouldn’t ever trust one bc they have an uncertainty about them. But I don’t think that way. I was new to the dog and did something it did not like. So I was bit. I did not respect her space and ignored the warning signs that all dogs show before a bite occurs.

  • Heather

    So just because someone would rather get bit by a chihuahua than a pit bull makes it okay for small dogs to bit people. That’s just plain stupid. Just because they are pit bulls doesn’t mean every single pit bull dog on this planet will eventually bit you or your family that is very Ignorant for someone to say. Just because people kill others does that mean that every single person on this planet will eventually kill someone I believe not. People are bad about being stereotypical of things and it’s annoying. And like It was said earlier dachshund is more liable to bite people. Bet you not one report of them biting people made it to the news because there not pit bulls. People obsess over pit bulls they sit back and wait for one to mess up and blast it all over the news. Why don’t the media do that with all dogs and not just pit bulls just saying

  • Hasna

    Heather, i use a common sense…I’m smart enough to know the different get bite by Chihuahua and PB… This is not a stereotype…

  • Heather

    Hasna well duh people wanna get bit my a little dog over a pit bull. That’s is common sense good job!

  • Heather

    @bamboo I’m glad that u know everything about pit bulls got them all figured out. Do u have a pit bull probably not because of what u said so you actually don’t know how they are mine are harmless. It’s judgemental people like you that give the breed a bad name and the reason why they can’t have a chance in this world. Now I’m not saying every pit bull on this earth are harmless there are some that are crazy because people feed them gun powder and beat them and turn them mean but do u hear that on the news no and what are out the people that raise them to fight. I don’t look down on pit bulls I feel bad for those ones that get treated that way

  • Dangerous

    2013 statistics

    32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.2
    Together, pit bulls (25) and rottweilers (1), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 81% of the total recorded deaths in 2013. This same combination accounted for 74% of all fatal attacks during the 9-year period of 2005 to 2013.
    The breakdown between these two breeds is substantial over this 9-year period. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 33, about one citizen every 99.5 days.
    In the year of 2013, the combination of pit bulls (25), rottweilers (1) and bullmastiffs (2) accounted for 88% of all dog bite-related fatalities. Notably, the two bullmastiff-mixes3 were littermates that inflicted death within a 6-month period.
    Annual data from 2013 shows that 56% (18) of the fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults, 25-years and older. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2013, 61% (11) were ages 4-years and younger.
    Annual data shows that when combining all age groups, male and female fatality victims were equivalent, 16 and 16. Amongst children 7-years and younger, however, males were excessively victims, 72% (13), versus females 28% (5).
    In 2013, over one-third, 38% (12), of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred, up from 32% in 2012. Children 7-years and younger accounted for 83% (10) of these deaths.
    Of this subset of 12 fatalities, 92% (11) were inflicted by pit bulls and 58% (7) involved a babysitter, including a relative or friend under the directive to watch a child 7-years or younger. All 7 of these child deaths were inflicted by pit bulls.
    47% (15) of all fatalities in 2013 involved more than one dog; 16% (5) involved breeding on the dog owner’s property either actively or in the recent past, and 9% (3) involved tethered dogs. All 3 chaining deaths were attributed to pit bulls.
    Dog ownership information for 2013 shows that family dogs comprised 47% (15) of all fatal attack occurrences; 78% (25) of the attacks resulting in human death occurred on the dog owner’s property and 22% (7) resulted in criminal charges.
    California led lethal dog attacks in 2013 with 5 deaths. 100% were attributed to pit bulls and 60% resulted in criminal charges. Texas followed with 4 deaths and 0% criminal charges. Arkansas and South Carolina followed, each with 3 deaths.

    Here’s the link.

    It was posted above. Go ahead and actually view the website and read the cases behind each of those deaths and see the pictures of the person murdered by these “dogs”.

    To sum it up. Pits are extremely dangerous. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian, Veteran, Teacher etc..It doesn’t matter if you’ve had the dog since it was a pup, if you’ve had it 5 years or 5 months. You cannot control the actions of some dogs and more so this breed. It’s ones right to own it. Just consider yourself lucky you haven’t had a problem yet or never had one. But don’t ever let your guard down. One of the stories from the website indicated one of the deaths from a Pit Bull had belonged to the family for 8 years and it killed there 2 year old son. These scene was described as absolutely gruesome. 8 years, boy had been around it for 2. I bet they thought the same things “Not my pit bull! It’s a sweetie!!!!”. Oh and it’s name was Kissy Face, how adorable…

    Living in an area with no leash law, having a young child of my own and seeing as many dog attacks as I’ve seen growing up in the area I live in due to no leash law. If a large dog, or aggressive dog steps in my yard, it doesn’t leave on it’s own terms. Not worth risking the life of my loved ones. Period. And no, I will not move, not my problem, I’ve lived here for 25 years. Don’t want your dog dead, fence it or leash it. To many dogs get dumped here and become wild and deadly. I don’t risk finding out if it’s Buttercup from down the street or if it’s rabid. Their problem.

  • heather

    It is a fact that Pit Bulls are one of the most maligned and misunderstood dog breeds in the world. Here are some of the myths I’ve encountered while working with Pit Bulls:

    MYTH: Pit Bulls are all inherently vicious.
    Reality: This is a stereotype that is biased toward generalizing and condemning an entire breed based on the actions of a few bad people. The truth is that each dog should be evaluated by his own merits and not by his breed. A corollary truth is that there truly are no bad dogs, only bad people. In his essay Troublemakers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses what Pit Bull stereotypes can teach us about the wrongness of racial profiling of both humans and dogs.

    MYTH: A Pit Bull that is aggressive toward other dogs will also be aggressive toward humans.
    Reality: Dog-aggression and people-aggression are two distinctive traits and should not be confused. Unless a Pit Bull has been poorly bred or purposefully trained to attack humans, they generally love people. They are, in fact, one of the most loving, loyal, friendly and dedicated companions you can have.

    MYTH: It is dangerous to adopt a Pit Bull that has an unknown history and parentage from a rescue or shelter, rather than buying a Pit Bull from a breeder.
    Reality: Remember: each dog is an individual and should be judged by his current personality and behavior. Certainly he may be influenced by his genetics and history, but after working with thousands of Pit Bulls, I can assert unequivocally that many (if not most) Pit Bulls of unknown parentage that have been horribly abused, neglected, and/or forced to fight still love people more than anything, and still will be loving family pets. Responsible rescues and shelters evaluate dog behavior prior to adoption, and then adopt out only those Pit Bulls that display the proper temperament toward humans.

  • Jenn

    If you are a proactive responsible pet owner the breed does not matter. I have seen small dogs that will shred someone because they have a nervous temperament. Larger breeds get more attention because they can do more damage in a short amount of time. Small children can surprise or hurt a pet of any kind unintentionally and that animal will unintentionally or intentionally act. I feel it is best to not introduce a new pet of any kind into a home until the child/children are old enough to know how to care for it. When you do adopt/buy one shell out the extra money and take it to a trainer or class with the family and make sure you are introducing it into the home in the right way. Ask animal control/vet/ or pet specialist what steps you need to take to do it right and then follow the advice to the letter. If you can’t or don’t want to take the time and trouble to do that you are not ready to be a pet owner. Some animals do not have the mentality to put up with children this process gives you the time to figure that out in a safe way. If you don’t have kids well then the process lets you know what you need to do in order to ensure someone else’s child doesn’t get hurt. The kids and the pet deserve to feel happy and secure in their homes.

  • Maria

    I used to own a pitbull when I lived in Arizona. That dog was the most lovable, gentlest dog I have ever owned. People were afraid to come into our yard but he was completely harmless. My kids loved that dog and he always protected them from any harm. If a stranger came close he will put himself infront of that child and the stranger but never attacked or acted agressive. I will own another one in a heartbeat. Just show them lots of love and make them see that they do matter

  • Susan Brodie

    I live in a neighborhood where there are lots of dogs, & I have to be careful because I have been chased after more than once by an aggressive dog. Some owners don’t realize dogs are territorial animals, & they may be as loving to them & their families as can be, but not to someone they don’t know, even if the person is a family member or friend. I have saw gentle large & vicious small dogs, so breed is not as much a factor as the animals protecting their territory. If you have an animal or food smell or even your own body smell can turn a dog vicious because their sense of smell is so acute, that is how they interact with the world. My advice to dog owners is always walk your dog on a leash, & if someone is keeping an animal for a friend, be careful around children & other animals, because a dog can perceive danger when there is none there & attack.

  • Robert

    Why dosnt anyone complain about chihuahua’s they are a one person dag most of the time an are prone to bite after u turn to walk away from them, my wife got bit on her leg an she did nothing to cause the dog to react the way it did

  • Kristin Efurd

    Yes, @Lindsey, These people are correct. Your post loses all credibility because you just stooped to the level of Your own offender. I stopped reading after the Arkansas comment. You are scolding a person for CATEGORIZING all pit bull owners. Yet, you are doing EXACTLY that by categorizing an entire state population. Really?? As I stated, I could read no further after such a hypocritical post. So, I don’t know what point you were trying to make. Regardless, it was an Epic fail.

  • Kristin Efurd

    Sorry for the back to back posts, here. But I refuse to minimize the priority topic by not giving it my full attention.So, as for pitbulls…I don’t own one. And, I wouldnt own one. Why? Because, after educating myself about my individual concerns, it is the right decision for MY family. Only we, know our own needs, fears, limitations, concerns, etc..when it comes to pet ownership.With Ithat being staid did and will always do the same amount of research before owning Any breed. I have to make an informed decision and live with my decision with no regrets, in order to love a pet like it deserves to be loved. On the contrary, my brother who is one of my closest friends, only owns pitbulls. His children are grown so his dogs ARE his kids and he gives them the individualized any pet deserves. Pitbulls are not right for everybody. Neither are yorkies, poodles, rottweilers, or german shepherds. We are all responsible for educating ourselves enough to make the best informed decision about pet breeds.

  • tia

    Okay first of all what is wrong with rednecks not all of them are stupid thank you very much and me and my husband had a 6 year old pit that just past the first of this year he was the biggest baby ever and we have one now that’s about a year old and she loves our 2 year old daughter any dog can turn and attack ppl to anyone that has Netflix or can get on it go watch ( beyond the myth ) it tells u ALL kinds of myths bout pits and all kinds of stuff I loved it there all for pitts or have y’all seen the show Pitt bulls and porolees how ever its spelled she adopts out all kinds of pits that don’t bite or whatever so go pick on another breed of dog

  • Woof-grrrr

    Funny how every one tries to justify pits by saying chihuahua’s bite more. They may bite more but which one disfigures and kills more children and adults? Yeah yeah, I know not all pit bulls kill but they get their reputation naturally. Besides, even a child can squash chihuahua!

  • heather

    @mike commet i can tell by that post that your a very ignorant, simple minded and careless human being once again i have to say this i will pray for you! :)

  • Lezlie Smith

    This was not entirely the dogs fault. I would never let my child around an unfamiliar dog ever. You do not know the dog as well as it’s owner. This breed is amazing. They are not born killers with fighting tendencies. It’s ignorant to even say things like that. I read an article wear a lab mauled a child. That was of coure was not well publicized bit anything a pit does it. People who own this dog in changing it’s reputation to the one it truly deserves. The Pitbull used to be considered the nanny dog years ago before the wrong people got ahold of it. I will always stand up for this breed. I also commend the mother for her courage. I couldn’t imagine having to witness something like this myself. Horrific.

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