The footage of a woman being attacked by an animal she had saved is so extreme you might initially question its validity, but the Melvin, Mich., victim has the wounds to prove it and is speaking out, in somewhat unlikely terms, about the animal.

That animal? A cat.

The woman identified by WJBK-TV only as Maxx said the cat was a stray she had taken in over the summer and named Buddy. But in late November after Buddy attacked her mom’s dog, Maxx tried to shoo it away, kicking snow at it at one point.

Captured on her home security camera, the cat, enraged by the snow, launched itself at Maxx and her pink pajamas.

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Image source: YouTube

cat attack

Image source: YouTube

cat attack

Image source: YouTube

Teeth and claws were sunk into Maxx’s face. She was able to free herself from the cat and cast it away from her, storming back to the house holding her face.

“My first reaction was to get him off and when I went to pull, I could feel his teeth,” Maxx told WJBK. “You can’t just rip him off or he was going to rip me wide open.”

Watch the footage:

These wounds resulted in an infection that caused Maxx’s face to swell and she required medical attention, WJBK reported.

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Maxx’s face became infected and she had to be tested for rabies. The cat was also tested for rabies, but tests came back negative. (Image source: WJBK-TV)

But even with this experience, Maxx had kind things to say about him.

“I actually saved him from someone who was going put him down and he was sweet as pie. When they came to get him I couldn’t even watch because even though he did that to me, I couldn’t see them take him away because I knew what they were going do to him,” she told the news station.

Watch WJBK-TV’s report with Maxx’s account of the incident after the fact:

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Buddy was taken in by authorities and was put down. Prior to this attack, WJBK reported that Buddy had bitten two other people.

(H/T: Daily Mail)