Woman Bites Pit Bull Mauling Her Dog in Garden: 'It Was Live or Die'

An Ohio woman has bitten the pit bull who was attacking her Pomeranian, resulting in some of her teeth being ripped out but ultimately saving the pet.

Jennifer Love, 52, of Newton Township, let her two dogs out in the backyard before work on Monday morning, but a turn of events left her fighting with a dog herself.

Moments after letting the dogs outside, Love found her 12-year-old Eskimo Pomeranian being mauled by a pit bull. The latter dog had broken loose from its tether in the neighborhood.

Love claimed she attempted to pry the pit bull's mouth open, using her body to shield her own dog but was unsuccessful. "She just kept coming back and back and back, relentlessly," she told Fox 8.

"I was thinking, 'No, I'm not going to let this happen. You can't kill my dog, not in front of me. I'm not going to let that happen."

After minutes of tussling between Love and the pit bull, she said she felt exhausted but was reminded of what she learned in a self-defense class.

"You do whatever you can, you gouge them in the eyes, you bite them, whatever. The ear was close and I bit her in the ear as hard as I could," she said. "It was live or die at that point. I was losing, I was losing and the dog was dying."

A couple of Love's teeth were ripped out when she bit the dog's ear, but the distraction was enough to help a neighbor pull the pit bull away.

Pit bull dog
Stock image of a pit bull. An Ohio woman bit a dog attacking her pet. Getty Images

"I just picked my dog up and ran to the car and my other neighbor was outside," she told Fox 8. "She had heard me screaming and she helped me get the dog to the vet."

"I'm just glad he's alive, you know? He's a good dog," said Love, who is now recovering at home.

According to reports, 42-year-old William Dempsey is being held responsible for the attack by the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office and is facing a charge of improperly restraining the dog.

The pit bull has since been seized by animal control officers.

Under current Ohio state law, pit bulls are not automatically classed as vicious, with the state eliminating breed-specific rules in 2012. However, different cities within the state do however have their own laws that still apply.

In Warren County, where Newton Township is located, pit bulls are classed as vicious dogs.