STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island teenager was attacked by a pit bull that her family decided to save from “death row.”

Stephen Neira found the 42-pound dog, named Alex, through the group All Breed Rescue, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. The dog was scheduled to be put down in 22 minutes when his family decided to foster him, Newsday reported.

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About two minutes after bringing the pit bull to his Patchogue home on Sunday, the dog attacked Neira’s 16-year-old daughter, Briana.

“My wife was trying to stick her arm in the dog’s mouth the whole time this was happening, she was absolutely terrified, she wanted to get the dog off of my daughter and let her take the bite,” Neira said. “It was crazy.”

Neira called it a nightmare.

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“I couldn’t get him off so I took them both to the ground so that I could put my weight on top of the dog and at that point she was able to separate,” Neira said. “A piece of her lip was actually missing; her arm was pretty severely injured.”

Briana had to have reconstructive surgery on her lip Sunday night, and is recovering at Stony Brook University Hospital.

The 2-year-old dog was euthanized after the attack.

Neira said he wants all rescue groups to make sure that dogs up for adoption are not violent.

Officials said the dog was deemed “sociable” on behavioral tests, Newsday reported.

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All Breed Rescue did not return Hall’s call for comment.