Trinity Rowles, 20, has undergone four extensive reconstruction surgeries to her face after she was attacked last year by her dad’s 100lb rescue Pitbull and Bully in Pennsylvania, US
A trainee nurse has been scarred for life after her dad’s rescue dog ripped off her nose during a terrifying and unprovoked attack.
Trinity Rowles, 20, has undergone four extensive reconstructive surgeries to her face after she was attacked on September 9, 2022 in Pennsylvania, US, by her dad’s 100lb rescue Pitbull and Bully cross called Irish.
The dog, which her dad has owned for around five years, savagely attacked her when she tried to walk away from him.
Trinity said: “Irish attacked me as I walked away. I fell to the ground and that’s when I felt him starting to bite my nose. I was yelling that he was biting my nose.
“My dad put me in the fetal position to try and protect as much as he could, but Irish kept trying to get at me and continued to bite me.
“He then latched on to my arm and began playing tug of war with it as if my arm was a toy, and dragged her across the yard”, Trinity said.
“Then suddenly, like the flick of a switch, Irish just walked away and sat at the porch stairs.”
She was rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital and then transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for urgent treatment.
A week after the savage attack she underwent a skin graft using skin from the top of her forehead and scalp along with cartilage taken from her ear.
The horrifying experience has left Trinity with PTSD, which causes her to have flashbacks, as she struggles to sleep at night. However, she attends therapy and is on medication.
Trinity said she was stunned at the attack as Irish was “like a great big teddy bear” and claimed the mauling was out of character for him.
Her dad and neighbours called emergency services as Irish was kept inside the home.
Trinity remembers the moment the dog was shot, she said: “When the police arrived, I remember I was getting put on to a stretcher and heard my dad shout ‘just do it’ before the sound of gunshots being discharged.”
According to the trainee nurse, the attack happened for a few minutes but felt much longer.
Trinity revealed: “During the attack, it was like I was in and out of reality. My fight or flight kicked in but still knew what was happening to me.
“I knew I was getting attacked and being bitten, but only to a certain extent. I could feel the pain but I had no idea about the extent of the injuries.
“After the attack, my nose was gushing with blood. It was like a puddle in my hand. I was also losing so much blood from my arm.
“I was taken to the hospital, and I don’t remember much after that. My mum met me there and she told me that the doctors were literally putting their hands inside my arms because of how extensive the wounds were.”
Trinity, who graduated from Dauphin County Technical School’s Health Careers program in 2021, now works at Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
She has since purchased a new car, moved into her first flat with her boyfriend Jayy, and is grateful to still be alive.
Trinity said: “I am still due to have up to another six more surgeries to help with my recovery.
“The next will be to help get rid of the scar on her forehead, and we also want to work on my nostrils because they are different sizes.
“Although this has been a life-changing and horrendous experience, I am just so glad to still be here.”