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Published March 28, 2013, 10:00 PM

Fargo woman and her dog pitted face-to-face with angry canine

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For one Fargo woman, a nice, sunny day turned into her worst nightmare.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For one Fargo woman, a nice, sunny day turned into her worst nightmare.

A loose pit bull attacked both her and her dog while she was cross-country skiing.

Tonight, they're okay, but not without bite marks, scratches and emotionally scarring.

Stacy was actually skiing on the Prairiewood golf course, over there at the time. But this is where she found herself after fighting the pit bull for what she says was at least an hour long. Here's her story.

Stacy Oren, Victim: "It was horrifying. I didn't know what was going to happen next."

Our fight or flight skills can get a little rusty. After all it's not often we're caught in a situation as scary as this.

Oren: "I've literally got a vicious dog attacking and brutalizing my dog right at my ankles."

But after the wandering dog decided to charge, Stacy's natural instincts kicked in quick.

Oren: "The only thing I had in defense was my ski pole. And I'm down on the ground and trying with my ski pole as much as I could. But my wrists and my arms are even sore. I've got some bruises, on that from trying to."

She screamed and hollered. No one could hear. In between fighting and freeing herself from her skiis she finally found her phone.

Oren: "I was able to call for help. I called my ex-husband, to please somebody out to help me."

Animal control came to the rescue. But her five year old dog, had already been brutalized.

Oren: "She's in rough shape, very rough shape."

The pit bull mauled ginger's face and neck. But why? Canine trainer, Jeff McMaines says it could've been anything.

Jaff McMaines, Dog Trainer: "They could bite because of an injury, but if it's an unprovoked attack, chances are it's just a mean dog."

And defusing the situation can be tough.

McMaines: "Never reach for their neck. Tails are there for a reason. So if it comes to separating a couple of dogs, I would go for the tail, not the neck."

He says Stacy did the right thing, by calling for help.

McMaines: "And you never know. It's an animal. How do you know? You don't know, it's an animal."