Within a League City apartment complex, what started as a favor quite nearly turned fatal when a pit bull went from passive to bloodthirsty. His targets - a two-year-old girl and her 23-year-old mother who was pet sitting the pit bull for her boyfriend.
"When our officers arrived they found them in the bathroom of the apartment the mother was obviously trying to protect her child," said Reagan Pena, spokeswoman for the League City Police Department.
The young girl was taken by Life Flight medical helicopter from the scene, her head and face mauled by the attacking dog. Chelsi Camp, the child's mother suffered bite wounds on her arms and hands.
They were rescued by a police officer who shot the animal gone vicious.
"We have a lot of compassion for the mom. Emergency personnel were effected as well. It was just a very bad scene," said Pena.
As the mother and daughter were treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital, residents reacted to this latest brutal attack by a member of a breed many would like outlawed.
"It goes with any dog that's known to be an aggressive breed Rottweilers, German Shepherd, Doberman. I think it all stems down to the owner," said Eric Flannigan, who formerly owned pit bulls and had no problems with the animals.
"I think you should know how to do it (properly raise and maintain pit bulls).
A lot of people have motorcycles and do 200 mph with no training and guns with no training, but it's not the gun or the motorcycle's fault when something goes wrong," said Condy Hammer, a resident of the complex where the attack took place.
But the numbers from Dogsbite.com are troubling. 176 Americans have been killed by pit bulls over the past nine years, far more than any other breed.
Pit bulls now account for 6 percent of the canine population, but have produced 62 percent of the human fatalities.
And another study claims more than half the dogs euthanized in America are pit bulls.
Even defenders of the breed believe better stewardship and even regulation may well be necessary.
"What ever it takes to keep people safe. I think if there are restrictions laid down by local legislation making it more difficult to own the breed than so be it. I think that responsible dog owners will go that extra step," said Flannigan.
A spokesperson for Memorial Hermann says Camp is in good condition after treatment, but offered no information on her more seriously injured daughter.