|Neighbours called police after hearing loud screaming and pounding coming from the family home in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.
Police said 19-year-old Analise Garner hit and scratched her mother's face and bit her on the right hand during the altercation.
The family's 80-pound English bulldog had three bite marks on its back that were visible through its white fur.
"The bulldog finally did bite her back in self-defence," said Sergeant Mike Smith.
"There were no charges against the dog," he quipped.