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St Louis mother, 30, left disfigured after her friend’s pet dog ripped off her lips

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St Louis mother, 30, is left disfigured after her friend’s pet Labrador ripped off her lips in horrifying attack

  • Charlie O’Dell, 30, was attacked by her friend’s Labrador on November 19 when the usually passive dog suddenly jumped on her
  •  The dog sank its teeth into the left side of her mouth and ripped off the skin, exposing an artery and bleeding profusely 
  • ‘I didn’t expect the dog to attack me. It happened so quickly,’ she said ‘I didn’t even realize it took my lip off’ 
  • O’Dell faces three reconstructive surgeries after the attack and the dog has since been surrendered 
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT! 

A St. Louis mother was left disfigured after a dog ripped off her lips in a horrifying attack. 

Charlie O’Dell, 30, was attacked by her friend’s Labrador on November 19 when the usually passive dog suddenly jumped on her and sank its teeth into the left side of her mouth. 

‘I didn’t expect the dog to attack me. It happened so quickly,’ she told Kennedy News and Media. ‘It was just like how normal dogs see someone and come over and jump on them. 

‘I didn’t even realize it took my lip off.’  

The dog tore her lip straight off, leaving an artery exposed, which bled profusely. The pain was so bad O’Dell passed out and was rushed to the hospital, where a plastic surgeon stitched her up, according to Kennedy News and Media. 

Charlie O’Dell, 30, (pictured before attack) was attacked by her friend’s Labrador on November 19 when the usually passive dog suddenly jumped on her and sank its teeth into the left side of her mouth

The dog tore her lip straight off, leaving an artery exposed, which bled profusely. The pain was so bad O'Dell passed out and she was rushed to the hospital, where a plastic surgeon stitched her up

The dog tore her lip straight off, leaving an artery exposed, which bled profusely. The pain was so bad O’Dell passed out and she was rushed to the hospital, where a plastic surgeon stitched her up

After the dog was moved to a different room, O’Dell said she started ‘screaming’ once she realized what had happened. 

‘I was screaming when I saw my face in the bathroom mirror,’ she told the outlet. ‘[All] of my clothes were soaked in blood, and their [my friend’s] clothes were soaked too.’ 

O’Dell faces three reconstruction surgeries as she continues to heal and is currently on a mostly liquid diet, only eating small amounts of food that doesn’t require too much chewing, the New York Post reported. 

Her aunt set up a GoFundMe page for O’Dell, as the mother is not currently working, writing: ‘She will need help with household and medical bills until she can return to work.’ 

The fundraiser has raised more than $5,000 of its $10,000 goal.  

O’Dell did not report the incident to the police, but the friend, who was not identified, has since surrendered the dog, according to the Post. 

O’Dell also does not blame her friend for the incident, saying: ‘My friend went through a traumatic experience too, witnessing all that. I know I’m going through something traumatic too, but I’m very empathetic and I can’t imagine how it would feel for her to have to witness that. It wasn’t my friend’s fault.’  

O'Dell faces three reconstructive surgeries after the attack and the dog has since been surrendered

O’Dell faces three reconstructive surgeries after the attack and the dog has since been surrendered

'I didn’t expect the dog to attack me. It happened so quickly,' she said 'I didn’t even realize it took my lip off'

‘I didn’t expect the dog to attack me. It happened so quickly,’ she said ‘I didn’t even realize it took my lip off’

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