A 15-month old toddler was left needing reconstructive surgery and with scars on her face after her grandmother's dog ripped off part of her ear in a savage attack.
Michelle Eling, 45, from Alvin, Texas, had owned rescue dog Harvey, one, for two months before he pounced on little Olivia, now 18 months old, earlier this year.
Olivia and her mother, Brittany, 23, were playing on Michelle's kitchen floor when the dog, which has now been put down, bit the toddler 'out of nowhere'.
The traumatised tot had to have surgery and a skin graft after her right ear was nearly ripped off when the three-foot-tall pooch tried to put her head in his mouth.
Fifteen-month-old Olivia, pictured right and left after the incident, needed reconstructive surgery after her grandmother's Great Dane bit part of her ear off
Olivia, now 18 months old, underwent a one hour surgery to reattach the tip of her right ear after the attack three months ago. The toddler is pictured after her operation
Dog lover Michelle, an accountant, said: 'I was standing in the kitchen, Olivia and Brittany were on the floor playing, Brittany was making her giggle.
'I heard Harvey growl. Then I just heard Brittany scream "no", I turned round and saw him lunge at Olivia.
'We couldn't get him loose. Harvey went to readjust his bite on her head and my son, Alex, managed to pull him away.
'If he hadn't and he had got hold of her head, I would have had to decide who to save, my pregnant daughter or my granddaughter.
'All that was going through my mind was, "she is not dying in my kitchen". There was so much blood, I thought she was going to bleed out.'
Full time mom Brittany, has three children with chemical plant worker husband, Taylor, 28, including Mason, three, and Madison, two months.
Ten-stone Great Dane Harvey, pictured left and right, attacked Olivia 'out of nowhere' and the little girl's uncle had to pull the large dog off her head. Harvey has since been put down
After her ear was reattached Olivia, pictured, had a two hour skin graft on the top of her head
The little girl, pictured left in hospital and right recovering with her father Taylor, had been playing with her then pregnant mom Brittany, 23, at the time of the scary attack
Brittany was eight months pregnant with Madison when she was forced to step in to save her eldest daughter.
Olivia was kept in hospital for two days after the incident and underwent a one hour surgery to reattach the tip of her right ear.
She also had a two hour skin graft on the top of her head but has been left with permanent scars on her face.
Brittany hopes that Olivia can't remember what happened but said the youngster is now wary and cautious around other dogs and sometimes wakes up in the