• Tue, Apr 22 - 9:00 am ET

Amazing Mom Bites Vicious Dog To Stop It From Attacking Her Baby

Toddler Survives Pitbull Attack I love stories about parents who turn into epic superheroes when their kids are in danger or something horrible happens, which is exactly what went down when little  Mackenzi Camp was viciously attacked by a pitbull last month inside the family’s apartment. Mackenzie, who is two, was hanging out when her mom’s boyfriend’s pitbull attacked her and started biting her.

Now, I know some of you will be all Why do you have to mention the breed of the dog this same exact thing could have happened with a pomeranian or a labrador or a squirrel!!!111!! Pitbulls are helpless kittens! Which, in my opinion, is a bunch of baloney because if this happened with another breed I would have mentioned that breed too. The reason we hear about pitbulls eating people? Because they have a lot of strength and a high prey drive and of you don’t like it, too bad. Facts are facts. So this pitbull , according to what the mom said, smelled another dog on little Mackenzi and attacked her and mom sprung into action – she bit the ear off of the pitbull and shoved her firsts into its mouth to fight it off her daughter. 

The mom frantically called 911 and when law enforcement arrived they shot the dog. And the dog, which sort of illustrates how strong pitbulls are, did not die and was euthanized later. Two-year-old Mackenzie Camp was left with severe head and facial injuries and her mom suffered injuries to her arms and hands.

This mom is something else. I would have been terrified. Here’s hoping her and her beautiful daughter continue to heal.

 

(Image: KHOU video)

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  • firsttimemom

    Cue the sanctimonious pet owners…3, 2, 1, GO!

    • Kendra

      I guess you could call me a “sanctimonious pet owner”, but I think even most people who fit in that category will not take issue with this story. The dog attack the little girl and what was done had to be done.

  • Kendra

    Good for her for stepping up and getting in between her daughter and the dog. I have a really difficult time understanding why more parents don’t do that when this situation comes up. I’m not trying to judge their choices, but I can’t imagine just standing by and watching my child being attacked while doing nothing.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Man, I think I would step in but it would be so scary.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I once picked up my 60 pound dog when a strange dog ran at us barking. Not quite sure where I was going to go from there, but she was totally my little baby. The hubs and I had a friendly but rambunctious surprise meeting with a staffie puppy and his child companions walking around our street the other day, and my toddler was in my arms as soon as I could manage it. She was a sweet pup, just in that “chew on everything” stage and the kids with her were way too young to be expected to have control over a large breed dog.

    • Rachel Sea

      A lot of people freeze in emergencies; they can’t help it.

  • Ursi

    If biting the dog is what needed to be done to get the dog to stop attacking then you go, Momma, bite that dog!

    I would definitely attack a dog to rescue my cat. If a blow to the muzzle doesn’t deter the animal you know, you do what you have to do.

    I’ve mentioned over and over again how much of a dog lover I am and I have nothing against the bull breeds at all. Fact of the matter is, once a dog viciously attacks someone that dog’s life is forfeit.

    I hope the boyfriend is charged with something for being an irresponsible owner.

  • Valerie

    I would really like to think I would have done the same but I am the Mom who let her 5-year old daughter waltz up to our front door last summer to bat away the bee buzzing around the knob so I could unlock it and let us in. I was paralyzed in the front yard trying to set up my game plan and trying to think of what kind of poison might be in the garage that I could spray on it and she just goes “I’LL DO IT MOMMY!” and clambered up the front steps and shooed it away. My little hero.

  • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

    That. Is. Awesome.

    I think part of the pitbull problem is due to the “status symbol” thing they have had going on for a while, so a disproporitionate amount of pits are raised to be violent, used for dogfighting, etc. Buuuut I would still never trust one alone with a child. It’s just too risky. And I would also bite one in the face if it tried to attack my kids…or my cats.

    • LiteBrite

      To be honest, I don’t think I’d trust ANY dog around my child. Before all the dog owners out there start throwing shade at me, I’m aware there are many responsible dog owners out there, and yes, many dogs are fine with children. I’m not arguing that at all. BUT, my sister was attacked by our family dog years ago (a mutt), I was bit by a dog in the 90s while out for a run, and last year was running in a residential neighborhood when two dogs came charging at me, no owner in sight. Then, just this past Sunday, a woman brought her dog to the park we were playing at (Did I mention there is a clear “No Dogs Allowed in the Play Area” sign?). This dog was about as tall as my son and came running at him, jumping around, and frankly scaring the shit out of my kid.

      So, sorry, but I just don’t trust dogs in general, even the friendliest, most playful dog on the planet. It’s a personal thing with me. Which is why I have cats.

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      I’m the same way. You never hear about cats “just snapping” and mauling someone. You have to really antagonize a cat to get it to maul you. Dogs are peaceful and grand for years and then BOOM, they kill someone. It freaks me out. I do expect my kids to learn “don’t pull the cat’s tail” the hard way – it’s the best way to learn that lesson. But the worst they’d get is a swipe, not a mauling.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Apparently you’ve never seen My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet. :)

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      Oh, I watch that all the time. I love Jackson Galaxy, and I’d love to become a cat behaviorist. There is always a reason for aggressive behavior – usually medical!

    • Tinyfaeri

      Agreed. It’s the same with dogs (or any pet with similar mental and emotional abilities). :)

    • Jessie

      Ohhh you have never met my cat. She is ten years old, I raised her from a kitten (bottle fed, wiped her booty to make her go potty and everything) so she thinks I’m her mama cat, but she has always ALWAYS been a nutbar. She will be sweet as pie one minute, and the next she will turn on you and maul your ass if you don’t get beyond her reach fast enough. Completely without provocation or warning. We’ve asked vet after vet if there could be a medical reason behind it, but they have never found anything. Conclusion: She’s just batcrap crazy. Some cats are just ticking time bombs.

      EDIT: She COULD be bipolar, I’d suppose that any creature with a brain could be susceptable to the chemical imbalances that often cause mental illness, but I’m not sure there are accurate tests for such things in the animal medical world, so we may never know.

    • PosterchildX

      You know what, we did the same – bottle fed, wiped the butt, all that with our kitten. The friend we got her from had gotten her too early from a breeder, and they planned on just giving her cows milk in a bowl. So we offered to take her… ya know… so she wouldn’t die. Anyway, she is beautiful but she is pretty bipolar too. She is absolutely sweet sometimes, coming up on us and rubbing her head on us, etc. But other times we go to pet her and she tries to bite and swat us away. We never even thought to ask a vet tho – she’s just Tonks. I figured it was BECAUSE we treated her like such a little princess when she was a baby.

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      Have you tried kitty prozac?

    • Rachel Sea

      A lot of bottle fed kittens are…off. I’ve fostered quite a few nurselings, and the ones I got in groups were fine, the solos less so. I think if they don’t have siblings and a feline mother to help them learn how to play nice, they never learn self-control. I can only mimic cat behaviors so far, and I’m not willing to scruff or cuff them nearly as hard as their mom or siblings would.

    • LiteBrite

      I think I trust cats more because on the whole I’ve had better experiences with them than dogs. I would probably feel differently if I had an experience like Tinyfaeri above.

      Also, when it comes to “fight or flight” most cats seem to prefer “flight.” Even my own cats are like, “Screw this shit” when my son gets too close/active/loud.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I love dogs, trust them, and have one who’s like my kid. She’s very good with our daughter, and our cat. We still don’t leave her alone with our toddler – because she’s still an animal, and she has patience limits like any other creature on the planet. We always watch them to make sure that our old gal isn’t getting overwhelmed or stressed or tugged on. Same with our cat, though – animals need to have their boundaries respected, and they always need an out so they can escape if the things going on around them get to be too much.

    • LiteBrite

      Agreed. And I also want to clarify that I didn’t trust my cats with my kid either for the first few years.

      My thing with dogs is based on my personal experiences. I’m always really wary when I see/meet a new dog. I don’t think I’ll ever fully trust them.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I feel the same way about clowns.

      Seriously, though, after being bitten by one cat when I was 5, and having my arm shredded by another when I was 7 (you can still see some of the scars – I was petting her and she went from purring to biting and scratching with no warning, and without me moving my hand), I felt the same way about cats for a long time. I came around a bit as I got older, and then moved in with my now husband who had a cat. Who hated everyone but him and his other roommate. She and I worked it out, though, and now she’s a sweetheart that I love to pieces, and making a real effort to get to know our daughter, it’s quite remarkable.

    • LiteBrite

      I hate clowns too. My son has picked up that fear as well. Last year we were at a parade. My son saw a clown coming his way and was like, “Oh hell to the no” and hightailed it out of sight to hide behind his dad.

      I mean, John Wayne Gacy dressed up like a clown. Enough said.

    • itpainsme2say

      That is always what i think when someone mentions clowns

    • CMJ

      My dog is a cuddle puddle. I still wouldn’t leave her alone with kids….I just don’t know how she would react.

    • Valerie

      Yeah…mine weighs 18 lbs soaking wet and is afraid of his own shadow but he will never be alone with my kids. For his sake and theirs.

    • C.J.

      I am a dog owner of a big giant 100 lb suck (boxer). She is super friendly and loves kids. I would never leave her alone with a small child, or a big child for that matter. She is not allowed to play outside when my kids have friends over in the back yard unless I am supervising. That’s part of being a responsible dog owner, not putting your dog in a situation where they might be uncomfortable. I would never leave my children alone around someone else’s dog either. Even though I own a dog I don’t really trust other dogs that I don’t know really well.

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      See that’s what I like about cats – they get annoyed, they remove themselves from the situation.

    • C.J.

      I have a cat too. She is 16 and bit skittish so we have a rule that the kids friends aren’t allowed to touch her but she usually hides or stays pretty close me if there are kids around.

    • Rachel Sea

      I trust my big “dangerous” breed dogs around kids more than I trust my little dogs, but I wouldn’t allow any of them to play with a child unsupervised.

    • competitivenonfiction

      I like you.

      I even got a friend to take my dog on a hike during my daughter’s birthday party. No way should my dog have to put up with ten curious toddlers and no way could I handle the exhaustion that would be supervising that.

      My theory is this: it doesn’t matter who starts the fight or who is to “blame” I’m the one with the big dog, who might be one of the most docile creatures I’ve ever met, but who has the physical ability to do damage. I’m in charge and I’m responsible. Full stop. No excuses.

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    Don’t. Fuck. With. Mama. Bear.

  • sandra richter

    While this mom handled the attack as well as she could, she is the one who brought this monster dog into her house. Look, we keep our kids in car seats until they are 9 or 90 lbs; we put helmets on them to ski, bike, skateboard, ride and skate; we check food labels for possible allergens and GMO’s and chemicals; we take fingerprints at the door of the kids’ school and background check every volunteer coach; we vaccinate (well, most of us), get check ups and take the kids to the dentist, so why oh why, in the face of such a safety conscious society, do so many parents risk their children around bully breed dogs? It makes no sense.

    • koreander

      I can see your point, sort of, but frankly, you’re coming across as a huge jerk.
      That mom did everything in her power and even risked her own life and health to save her daughter’s. She’s a hero and saying this accident (because that is what this ultimately is) is somehow her fault is incredibly disrespectful.

    • sandra richter

      I would agree that I’m a jerk if I was blaming the child (like those who argue that the child should have known how to act with the dog). I don’t feel like a jerk for pointing out that this situation was 100% preventable by the mother in the first place.

    • koreander

      A former sports teammate of mine was hit by a drunk driver on the way from training. Would you say his mom was responsible for this because she could have prevented it by not letting him ride his bicycle?

      Here’s the thing – properly trained dogs don’t maul other dogs, or babies who smell like other dogs. As the owner, it was the boyfriend’s responsibility to socialize it and make sure it’s under control, not hers. It would have been HIS job to step up and be honest to her about the safety risk this dog posed, and to get rid of it if necessary. If he didn’t, which I assume was the case here, there was no way she could have foreseen something this horrible.

    • sandra richter

      Koreander. Only if the mother threw the poor biker into the path of the drunk driver. This mother took the dog into her house at the request of her boyfriend; a stupid, if not blindly reckless decision. She knew this dog. She made an incredibly reckless decision that her poor, beautiful girl will pay for for the rest of her life.

  • Abby Ferri

    Sounds like the amazing mom has a shit boyfriend. Without other details, how do we know if dog and toddler were alone when this happened, how familiar were toddler and dog with each other? My toddler loves our pit bull mix! However, they are always supervised. I monitor the dog for signs that he’s had enough of being poked or pet by a heavy handed toddler and separate them. Overall, since they have known each other since day 1, life is good!
    You know those pics people post of their happy dog laying nearly ON their infant? That’s really bad doggy behavior allowed by uninformed owners. My pup has been taught that the baby rules over him, and he always respects her space and toys.
    This is an unfortunate story that is not the norm.

    • Sarah

      God those photos scare the shit out of me. Your dog laying its neck across your infant’s body is not adorable…that’s called showing dominance and you better nip that shit in the bud

    • competitivenonfiction

      You know, this makes me feel better. My dog is very sweet with my daughter, but gives her, her toys and her food a wide berth. We actually had to teach her that it’s ok to walk away if the toddler approaches her and she doesn’t want to be pet (we’re also trying to teach the toddler that to give the dog space and to read her body language) and I’ve seen those photos and thought to myself ‘why don’t my kid and dog cuddle?” While I’ve always thought it’s probably best that they don’t, you just helped me confirm it. Thanks!

    • Sarah

      You are totally right!! There was a very tragic story recently about a kid who went to his dog for a cuddle like he had apparently done every other night but this night, the dog (a mastiff) decided to bite and shake his head. The poor baby died because his parents kept encouraging dangerous behavior they mistakenly thought was cute.

    • competitivenonfiction

      This terrifies me, because even with as much supervision as you can possibly give as a parent, there will always be moments when you let your guard down even just for a few moments. My daughter does come up and hug the dog on occasion, but we’re always right there. Good god I hope that’s ok for them because I don’t want to stop them from interacting altogether, because that doesn’t seem healthy or safe either.

      One thing I’ve read is that it’s most dangerous if your dog is in pain or waking up. Or doesn’t feel like it’s allowed to walk away.

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  • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

    As long as you’d mention the breed even if it was another breed. ;)
    There is some missing information, like someone mentions below, such as was the toddler left alone with the dog, how well did the dog know the toddler, and was the toddler perhaps invading the dog’s comfort space/bothering it and the dog tried to make it clear it was unhappy before attacking. That doesn’t mean I disagree that the dog needed to be put down, it attacked a child, there’s just other things I’d like to know.

    Again, teach your kids how to behave around dogs and correct them immediately if they’re doing something potentially unsafe and never leave them unsupervised with the dog, no matter what the breed.
    Properly train and socialize your dog, no matter what the breed, don’t leave them unsupervised with children and correct any bad/threatening behaviour immediately.

    • Sarah

      Agreed but it’s not really an issue of whether or not the author would have mentioned the breed…it’s a matter of whether or not the story would even make the news if it wasn’t about a pit bull. Honestly I think the oversaturation of pit bull attack stories lull parents into a false sense of security. Pit bulls are not the breed responsible for the most dog bites and frankly NO dog should be trusted with children. I just hope no one is reading this and thinking “thank god I have a ____, they would never!!!!!!” because yes, under certain circumstances, they would.

    • http://www.makingloveinthemicrowave.com/ Aja Jackson

      Agreed– because I don’t think that any dog should be trusted with children, but the reports about attacks from pit bulls also comes from the reality that while pit bulls may or may not bite more, they can usually do a lot more damage. Chihuahuas scare me, I wouldn’t trust them around my children and they bite, but saying they bite too is like comparing Evander Holyfield to Mini-Me. Evander and Mini-Me may both be equally willing and able to get angry and throw a punch, but I’m a lot more likely to be okay after a punch from a little person than a heavyweight champ. I feel the same way about pit bulls. I don’t like them around my children period, even supervised, because under those certain circumstances that would cause any dog to bite, I’m not confident in my own ability to be able to be strong enough to get the dog under control.

    • Lkinney

      I really appreicated your comparision! I have a pitbull mix and love her to death but I think your comparision makes perfect sense as to why people might be a little bit more scared of a bigger dog.

    • Sarah

      Certainly, but I don’t think you should limit your caution to pits. Big dogs in general cause more damage – labs have the highest bite rate and I’ve seen some huge labs. It’s true that pits are stronger, but any dog with a big mouth and who could easily overpower my child can step back. I have a very sweet pit bull but if I can’t give my child 300% of my attention around her, she’s not out with us. I would be this cautious with any breed of dog, even bites from small dogs can cause lots of damage and infection. If we had planned our family better, I wouldn’t have adopted a dog of any breed of dog until my youngest was at least 5.

  • Natasha B

    Facts is facts: many dogs have ‘high prey drive’ not just ‘pit bulls’.
    Yes, this mom rocks and is amazing. Yes, the dog should be put down. Where the hell is the BF and why did he leave his dog with her? No one talks about him…

  • Rachel Sea

    The thing that makes me crazy about these stories is that dog body language is not subtle. I’ve known and worked with hundreds of dogs (including pitties), and the only dogs who ever attacked without warning were a boxer with a brain tumor, and a min-pin with catastrophic inbreeding. Most people adopting dogs know fuck-all about reading their body language, and they think some postures which signal an impending fight are cute.

    I’d bet cash money that if people would quit leaving their dogs unsupervised, and were more clued in about what their dog’s behaviors meant, that attacks would practically never happen.

  • rrlo

    Aww that sweet little baby! This is so sad. (I am referring to the child not the dog).

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    Animals will let you know when they are distressed or angry, pay attention!

  • Elisa Probert

    The clear message here is that moms need to stop agreeing to dogsit for their boyfriends. This is what, the third, fourth one I’ve seen on here where the victim’s mom was watching her boyfriend’s dog?

    I almost guarantee it was an unneutered male dog. Fellas, your dog’s balls are not representative of your own. I’ve read on a few sites that something like 90% of these pit bull attacks, are males over a year old that are not neutered. Lop ‘em off.

    And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. People (even ones who have no dogs) need to learn to read dog body language. You never know when you may run into a dog. (around here it might be at Goodwill, some dingleberry has been bringing his 120 pound ridiculously oversized German Shepherd in there every day and even though it’s a nice dog, the owner is an asshole and the employees aren’t allowed to ask him to leave since the company made them take down the service dogs only sign)

    “But his tail was wagging!” Yeah…that’s like a nervous smile that sit on your lips but never reaches your eyes.. If the wag is stiff and that butt ain’t wiggling with it, it’s not a happy to see you wag, it’s a “Why the fuck are you still near me” wag. If he’s pulling his head away, he is consciously saying to himself “too close don’t bite” If he’s panting and rolling his eyes, he’s scared, Hell, I watched one episode of Cesar 9-11 where this couple honestly thought their dog was being submissive when she had her head up high and legs tensed. That’s a pouncing pose.

    Good for this mom for fighting back instead of screaming and crying. Her new nickname should totally be Mom Tyson. Seriously, that was the first thing I thought of when I heard about this story.

    As for the dog surviving being shot, they may have been aiming to incapacitate rather than kill it. Either that, or the police in that town are bad shots. I’ve heard of that before, they’ll aim for something non-vital and then have it put down by a vet, partially so they don’t get accused of shooting dogs all willy-nilly.

  • pizzabox

    You’re a stupid cunt. Don’t like it? Facts are facts.