A dog ripped off a five-year-old’s face in Honeybourne, Worcestershire, leaving the girl “scarred for life.”

Speaking to local media Sunday, the girl’s mother, Charmaine Beresford, said she saw some furniture advertised on Facebook and took her daughter, Molly, to the stranger’s home to buy it. This was when the stranger’s pet dog pounced on the girl and viciously attacked her.

Recalling the incident, Beresford said, “The room was a box room, there was not much space. She (the seller) said ‘I'll take Molly downstairs to get a drink.’”

Beresford said the seller, identified as Juliet Marsh, “left Molly unattended.” Minutes later, she heard her daughter’s screams and rushed downstairs to find the canine attacking her.

“Molly had had her face ripped off by the dog,” she said, adding that despite repeated pleas the dog’s owner was reluctant to call for help.

“Four or five times I asked her to phone the ambulance. I had to scream at her,” she said. The attack left the girl needing 36 stitches.

Meanwhile, Marsh appeared in court earlier this month and was found guilty of “being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control.” She was ordered to keep the canine under control. She was also fined $1,000. The exact date of the incident was not known.

“We were kind enough to let her keep the dog. I just want to make other people aware. I have got two dogs and Molly is fine with them and with family members' dogs but if we see strangers’ dogs out in public she'll cling to me like a leech. But other than that she is coping really well. We are lucky because that dog could have taken her life that night. Even though she is scarred we are lucky,” Beresford said.

In this image, a Dobermann dog is seen running toward his trainer in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 27, 2010. JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images