Mom bites dog’s ear off to save child

Mackenzi Plass, 2, was defended by her mother, Chelsi Camp. (Image from KHOU.com)

Mackenzi Plass, 2, was defended by her mother, Chelsi Camp. (Image from KHOU.com)

A mother’s protective instincts are a force of nature to be reckoned with.

A Texas mom fending off a dog mauling her 2-year-old daughter bit off the animal’s ear in a life-or-death scrap, reports KHOU in Houston, Texas.

Chelsi Camp told the TV station she was dogsitting a friend’s pit bull in late March when the animal sniffed her daughter and suddenly attacked, biting the child’s face.

Camp said she didn’t know what else to do but fight.

“How else do you get somebody to stop?” she said. “I mean I would do the same thing with a human being.”

Camp “shoved her fist into the dog’s mouth and even bit its ear off all while telling her daughter to turn over so she didn’t choke on blood,” writes KHOU.

The young mother managed to call police, who shot the dog which was eventually euthanized.

The little girl, Mackenzi Plass, survived, but has scars on her face from the dog bites. She has to stay out of the sun for a year and will have sutures removed this week.

Camp temporarily lost the use of her arms after the battle, but can now hold her daughter.

“She’s a strong little girl and a fighter,” Camp said of her daughter, who sounds a lot like her mother.

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Roekest

April 23rd, 2014
8:26 am

After all the stories of pitbulls going bats–t crazy, why would anyone let their child near the menace? Oh I know….all the pitbull-loving deniers will say they are really sweet dogs and blah, blah, blah. Bring your 4-legged monster near my kids and see how fast my foot lands on their neck and “SNAP”!

Get a friggin poodle.

allen

April 23rd, 2014
8:54 am

It won’t be long and we’ll hear from all the idiots about how pitbulls are “misunderstood,” “my pit bull wouldn’t hurt a soul” blah blah blah.

Owning a pit bull is irresponsible 100% of the time. They should all be euthanized. Period.

There are hundreds and hundreds of dog breeds out there, yet, when I see a headline about a dog mauling, 99 times out of 100, when I click the link, a pit bull is the culprit. I am second to nobody in my love for dogs, but pit bulls are a vile breed of animal that have no place in a civil society.

Nancy

April 23rd, 2014
8:58 am

I stopped reading at … “she was dogsitting a friend’s pit bull” …

harvey

April 23rd, 2014
9:07 am

IMHO, “pet sitting the neighbors dog” should not have included having children anywhere nearby. Either the child or the dog should have been in another located, separated our of abundance of caution.

Gone Fishin'

April 23rd, 2014
9:26 am

Agree with posters above…..why would anyone need a pit bull based on the continuous stories of dogs attacking humans….simply stupid to own one.

Brace4impactz

April 23rd, 2014
9:38 am

Nobody loves dogs as much as I do. I’m known for training protection and family dogs in my spare time and have consulted for a local police agency. The young kids in my neighborhood affectionately call me the “dog man”, because of my constant walking of my German Shepherds. Although I’ve met a few lovable pits, I’ve experienced enough unpredictability that I no longer offer training services for this breed.

Mumblin' Mark

April 23rd, 2014
9:42 am

when I was 5 my parents agreed to alligatorsit for a good friend for a long weekend.
Since the alligator was a pet they had no reason to believe the animal posed a danger to anyone.
I suspected that it was potentially violent after witnessing it eat a cat and two guinea pigs.
I stayed in my room with the door closed all day Friday and Saturday.
Finally on Sunday my mom insisted that I come out of my room to have dinner with the family because my grandmother was visiting and she always enjoyed pretending to like her grandchildren.
At first I refused but everyone was persistent. I could hear the alligator making passive aggressive remarks toward my mom, questioning whether I always got away with such defiant behavior.
I opened my bedroom door and peaked around the corner and didn’t see anyone down the long hallway leading to the dining room where we always ate whenever my grandmother visited.

Tiffani

April 23rd, 2014
9:59 am

Me personally, I dont like pit bulls and would never let one around my child or anyone elses in my care. But I wonder how all of you feel about the Mike Vick situation? I think the dogs he killed were pit bulls. I’m genuinely interested in your opinions about it since you think all pit bulls should be put down.

LydiasDad

April 23rd, 2014
10:02 am

Clever, Mark.

Bumper

April 23rd, 2014
10:05 am

Anyone appallingly stupid enough to keep a pit bull near a 2-year-old child should not be allowed to reproduce.

Bernie31

April 23rd, 2014
10:10 am

Pits make me look like a real man! Uh…huh

Ken

April 23rd, 2014
10:23 am

Pit Bulls are sweet dogs until the inevitable day when they eat the nearest child.

HypoRICHT

April 23rd, 2014
10:31 am

It’s hard to feel sorry for the mom. Who lets there child be around a Pit Bull like that?

Willydoit?

April 23rd, 2014
10:38 am

“I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite???”

“I did, that’s not my dog….plus if I did have a pit bull, I’d never ask anyone to dog sit for me, I’d just chain him to a tree in the back yard like the rest of the dog fighters!”

Brace4impactz

April 23rd, 2014
10:38 am

Enter your comments here

hockey goalie

April 23rd, 2014
10:50 am

*sigh* OK, I’ll take the bait.

The bad breeders/ trainers that create the bad dogs are the problem, not the dogs.

People who want to run around killing off entire breeds of dogs because “they’re bad” are no better than the parents who don’t vaccinate their kids because “it causes autism”.

By the way, has it ever occurred to anyone that there are other dogs violent dogs out there attacking kids but aren’t newsworthy because “pit-bull” is a hot-button word in the news?

I guess this is what you get when your state is 49th in education.

Tom

April 23rd, 2014
10:59 am

I really hope this mom was charged with child endangerment and will spend time in jail for this. Letting your child near ANY pitbull is the definition of negligence and child endangerment.

Ben

April 23rd, 2014
10:59 am

Enter your comments here

LadderMan

April 23rd, 2014
11:07 am

“has it ever occurred to anyone that there are other dogs violent dogs out there attacking kids but aren’t newsworthy ”

Probably because a child doesn’t have his/her entire face chewed off when bitten by a poodle or setter. That makes it newsworthy. Or often times the police have to shoot and kill the pitbull because it continues to try and attack. Also newsworthy. Of the daily frequency of which pit bulls attack people or other pets. Also newsworthy

mark matia

April 23rd, 2014
11:07 am

hockey goalie must have been hit in the unprotected head too many times by a puck to come up with such an uninformed and wild comparison of pit bull haters to parents that don’t vaccinate their kids.

LadderMan

April 23rd, 2014
11:09 am

I can’t wait to hear the response of the dog’s owner “He was so friendly and never showed any aggression”. You can’t deny that Pit Bulls are a ticking timebomb just waiting on something to set them off.

mark matia

April 23rd, 2014
11:10 am

Tom your comments are hysterical. I am glad the kid will be OK and you see an opportunity for vengence when you have no details of the situation. I guess it makes you feel better about yourself.

Spanky

April 23rd, 2014
11:11 am

49th in education? That’s good, isn’t it?

Stinky Pete

April 23rd, 2014
11:19 am

hockey goalie… you are a moron. It is the breed! There are always exceptions, but it is not just coincidence that EVERYTIME we read one of these stories, it is a PITBULL! It’s like the people that say that all races are exactly the same, but the NBA is over 80% black when they are just 13% of the U.S. population. Do they just practice more, or is there a difference? Not politically correct to say the obvious, but come on! And by the way, this is in no way racist, pointing out that someone is GOOD at something!

GINA THE BOMBINA

April 23rd, 2014
11:34 am

After my pit bull went down on me one night and tore my clitoris off, I decided it was time to upgrade and get a good doggie

hockey goalie

April 23rd, 2014
11:38 am

Mark: My comparison is neither uninformed, nor wild. The parallel is that in both cases, there is a popular and harmful misconception of facts.

Stinky Pete: If you make grand sweeping generalizations and publicly refer to yourself as “Stinky” then you are the moron. And if you are worried about being called a racist for your comments before you even post them, chances are, you really are indeed racist.

Look guys, I’m not trying to say that all pitbulls are harmless; that’s absurd. What I’m trying to say is that the violent ones are not RANDOMLY violent. Working breeds and Bully breeds make good(sic) fighting dogs because of their size and high pain threshold. Therefore they are the ones chosen by the Mike Vicks of the world to be systematically brainwashed to be violent through a lifetime of abuse by bad breeders and dog-fighters. I’m simply suggesting that THOSE are the ones we should chastise, not an entire breed of dog because their build makes them good targets.

hockey goalie

April 23rd, 2014
11:41 am

…but I’ll bet my point is still missed or at least dismissed. Bring on more hate.

Hamad Meander

April 23rd, 2014
11:46 am

I have to agree with the poster who said dog sitting someone else’s dog, who you do not know very well around a 2 year old, is a bad idea. It happens to become a really stupid idea when it’s a pitbull. Mainly because when these dogs bite, they latch on and don’t let go. If another breed bites, it might be a response to being scared or startled and you can get them to let go. I have a 10 month old bird dog who already knows the difference between biting and mouthing. He play mouths me all the time without biting down. When a pit bull bites, it’s to the death.

godoggo

April 23rd, 2014
11:47 am

Okay, i’ll probably get some heat for this from Pure or mixed breed Pit Bull owners….but i grew up in Florida hunting Wild Boar up to 325lbs. with these dogs. They were kept in Okeechobee at a fellow hunters ranch with other hunting dogs ie blue ticks, beagles, hounds….

Let me be perfectly clear….i have had these adorable, 50lbs+ of cute, gentle, and “So good with my kids” mix breed pit bulls at my feet on their backs letting me scratch their belly at a camp fire…..then 45 minutes later, they had their 235lbs. of “bite force” jaws wrapped on a very Pis-ed off ear, throat, or hind quarter of a Boar thrashing back and forth with his tusk slashing at the “So good with my kids” pitbull. I’ve even had to sew them up with catgut, sulfur,and bourbon when miles away from Anywhere.

Repeat scene next day.

I’ve only had to strike one once……i was feeding several different breeds one evening and one of those “So gentle with my kids” mixed breed Pit Bulls bit me on the arm when i got too close to his bowl of food. (thank God i had a long sleeve shirt, heavy coat, and gloves). Needless to say, i Never had an issue with that “So gentle with my kids” dog again : )

Try this, it’s Always worked for me. Next time a dog is threatening or running toward you ie Shepherd, Rotty, Hound…..Run toward him making loud aggressive sounds ? I guarantee you will receive a different response once he sees you charging him. If your ever attacked, quickly wrap something around your hand……LET him bite your hand and hold on to his Jaw for Dear Life…..He will do Everything to get away after a few seconds….after a minute of you holding on, when he gets away he Will leave you alone. Try it gently on your own dogs at home…..IT’s all about Psychology of turning the tables….Dogs Smell fear like a shark to blood.

mark matia

April 23rd, 2014
12:02 pm

sorry hockey goalie its a bad comparison. the vaccine issue is very complicated and can’t be reduced to a conclusive sound bite that you propose. first of all the vaccine issue is not just related to autism, but many other medical complications including GBS. There is conclusive proof that many vaccines have severe side effects and also some conclusive proof that in many cases they are not effective. see the story this week at a NJ frat house where 8 guys contracted mumps even though they had their vaccines uo to date. Most parents that have problems with vaccines do not advocate against all vaccines just some that provide limited or no benefit with significant risk. I told my middle school daughters nurse that she would not be receiving a diptheria vaccine.

Paul

April 23rd, 2014
12:22 pm

It’s funny to see all the mis-informed people spouting off around here. They talk about pit bull attacks because they are controversial and the gain clicks. Nobody cares about fifi the poodle who attacked 10 toddlers, because its a poodle(not to mention dumb as hell because of all the inbreeding). I can’t wait till the mainstream media starts blaming the poverty stricken or a certain race for majority of crime in the country. Majority of this group of commenters would be all about “ridding the problem” aka genocide. Hitler would be proud of you idiots.

Andy

April 23rd, 2014
12:37 pm

I stopped reading at … “she was dogsitting a friend’s pit bull” …

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No joke. Any sympathy I had went out the window at that point.

Andy

April 23rd, 2014
12:37 pm

BTW – FiFi the poodle isn’t going to latch onto, not release and kill a toddler.

Andy

April 23rd, 2014
12:38 pm

I’m not against having pits, I’m against stupid people having children around them.

SSinF

April 23rd, 2014
12:45 pm

It’s foolish to allow any dog (especially one you don’t know well) around a child so young, regardless of the breed.

Paul

April 23rd, 2014
12:50 pm

@ Andy

Sure she will. She is a domesticated animal that descends from wolves. Its primal instinct to kill a threat. You can’t turn that off.

xxx

April 23rd, 2014
12:53 pm

Pits are a vilent, useless breed that should be hunted to extinction. Put a bounty on them now. Vick went to jail for interstate gambling, nothing else, the breed of dog he used to gamble with simply doesn’t matter.

Mumblin' Mark

April 23rd, 2014
12:56 pm

If you are all finished I would like to get on with the rest of my story.

Jim

April 23rd, 2014
1:07 pm

We need to get rid of rottweilers and those dang mixed breeds also. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States

iRun

April 23rd, 2014
1:22 pm

You know what a great dog breed is? Big bark, big enough to make people pause, but the most lovable personality? German shorthaired pointers. They’re beautiful, too.

We’ve got one. He’s super energetic. And he’d never hurt a fly. But he has a huge bark and barks like mad at anyone approaching the house. But he’s very gentle.

bloodbike

April 23rd, 2014
1:27 pm

Pet sitting a “friends” Pit Bull with your 2 year old nearby……………….., I’m done. No words.

99 Problems

April 23rd, 2014
1:33 pm

Let me dust off my b*tch slapper for all you haters. I bet those of you that get your information from the media would have probably also believed Hitler when he said the Jews were responsible for Germany’s economic crisis after WWI, and we all know how that turned out. Most of you speaking out against this breed clearly have never OWNED a pit bull. I have owned several pit bulls. I have worked with rescues for years, and know a great deal about this breed and their special needs. Pit bulls are more prone to aggression if they are male and not fixed. Over 89% of “pit bull attacks” are from unfixed males. Pit bulls bond closely with their families, so training should be done with a responsible owner, not someone else. If you do not own the animal, then do not allow your children to be close to ANY animal, especially if that animal is as strong as a pit bull. As I said, pit bulls are very close to their families and are often weary of strangers regardless of whether you have been around the animal from time to time. Speaking of what pit bulls where bred to do.. yes, they were bred to fight. Bully breeds in general were bred to be working dogs. Pit bulls, however, were also bred to be extremely devoted and loyal.This was so they would fight to the death for the people that own them. If you own a pit bull your dog should be properly socialized by pit bull standards!! Your dog needs to know you are the leader. Children are usually not identified as “masters” by any dog, so keep that in mind and NEVER leave your child alone with any dog. Pit bulls are not meant to be outside on a chain, or in a yard alone. All dogs should ALWAYS be on a leash outside the home. If you have to go out of town, then you need professional care for your animal. Owning a pit bull is a huge responsibility. They require lots of exercise, attention, care, love, and a firm upbringing. I have yet to see a pit bull that turned when owned by a responsible owner, aware of the special attention this breed requires to keep it from becoming aggressive. The only “turning” I have witnessed is an abused animal becoming a loving pet when properly placed with responsible families.

99 Problems

April 23rd, 2014
1:43 pm

@ Paul.. liked your comment. I didn’t even see it until I had already posted.

Paul

April 23rd, 2014
2:05 pm

@99 Problems… Likewise :)

Nathan Mayer Rothschild

April 23rd, 2014
2:54 pm

@99Problems . . . I’m not sure why you felt the need to bring up the Holocaust and what not, but technically certain Jews were directly responsible for the defeat of Germany in WWI. My family transferred a significant portion of the gold and silver reserves out of Germany through Spain, which in essence broke the German banks and made it impossible for the Kaiser to fund the war effort.
It was part of an elaborate conspiracy with the British Foreign Service.

Also, only extremely low brow people associate with pit bull terriers and other similar unsophisticated breeds.

My family raised Presa Canarios for generations and I currently own two of them. They are very intelligent and trainable. But they don’t come in the house.

Paul

April 23rd, 2014
3:01 pm

Nice to see the SS supporters out and about… You are an elitist piece of garbage.

P.S. Presa Canarios are usually lumped right in with Bully breeds,

Love,

Low Brow Paul

sherman

April 23rd, 2014
3:03 pm

Small children are not to be on the ground around large dogs that are not yours. Its not a breed thing, its a canine thing. Buggy, our pit is not allowed around my grandsons as I don’t do chance taking even though The Bugmeister is a loving dude. Duffie on the other hand is also large but he’s a baby sitter by nature.. kittens, puppies, kids… every dog is different as are humans. Kuddos to the Mom! fight fire with fire.

C from Marietta

April 23rd, 2014
3:12 pm

You can keep your pit bulls. I don’t want one and don’t want to be around them. I prefer my boxers :-)

allen

April 23rd, 2014
3:48 pm

Talk about some non sequiturs! The main defenders of pit bulls on here have to bring up childhood vaccinations, Georgia’s rank in education, and the responsibility of Jews for the holocaust. All in an attempt to bolster their argument that pit bulls are just misunderstood little fur balls of fun. Maybe next you all can incorporate U.S. foreign policy or Faith Hill’s marriage into the debate somehow.

Stupid Texan

April 23rd, 2014
3:54 pm

Common sense SHOULD have told this trailor trash woman NOT to watch someone elses pit bull! She didn’t have to bite the dogs ear off. It’s her fault the dog attacked her child. She wllingly brought it into her house. I’m happy the child is safe, but it’s horrible she bit off that animals ear!