The ABC affiliate in Chicago has reported that an elderly woman "was tending to her flowers" in Fayetteville, Illinois, when a pit bull attacked her.
"He tried to bite my head, and then got my arms, and I was kicking at him," Hallie Hall, 84, told the station.
The 15-month-old dog has been taken by animal-control officials.
The owner told ABC11 that he didn't think his dog was vicious.
It reportedly escaped through an open gate.
"I was hollering for somebody to come," Hall told the station. "The little boy, 6 or 7 years old, was out there crying holding another dog. He would not come close."
She has deep wounds and a fear of going outside, but she's expected to survive her injuries.
According to the DogsBite.org website, there were 42 fatalities related to dog bites last year. Of those, pit bulls were linked to 27 of those deaths.
This means that pit bulls, which make up about six percent of the U.S. dog population, contributed to 64 percent of dog-related human deaths last year in America.