Grandma's ear bitten off by pit bull while protecting kids at New York playground: reports

A grandmother's ear was reportedly bitten off Wednesday at a New York City park after a pit bull attacked her.

The 57-year-old woman was at a playground next to a veteran-housing complex in the Bronx when the dog attacked around 3 p.m., PIX 11 reported.

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Her hand and ear were bit in the attack — in which she reportedly shielded children — and some of her hair was pulled out. She also lost an ear.

The attack went on until the dog's owner grabbed the animal, according to WABC-TV. The dog was believed to not be on a leash.

One child who spoke to the news station said another child's screams caught her attention, "then I saw the pit bull. It was really bad."

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The dog's owner, identified by PIX 11 as Shannon Ingram, 23, was taken into custody, and the dog was taken to Animal Care & Control.

The grandmother is reportedly being treated at a hospital.

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