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A birthday girl went to get her eyelashes done for her party — only for her entire eyelid to be torn off by the lash technician’s chihuahua.

Kelsey Salmon had wanted to get her eyelashes done for her birthday and a long-planned holiday to Hawaii – but ended up spending her special day recovering in bed after undergoing surgery to have her eyelid reattached.

But after finding her usual technician was fully booked, the 23-year-old instead found an alternative on Instagram – a decision she soon lived to regret.

Moments after her beauty treatment finished, the technician’s dog – which she had been stroking happily earlier – lunged at her in an unprovoked attack.

Horrifying photos show Kelsey’s entire eyelid lay discarded still with her brand new extensions still attached, while other images show her looking at the camera with her entire left eyeball exposed.

The sales development representative ended up spending her birthday waiting hours in hospital before she underwent emergency surgery to reattach the flesh, leaving it sewn shut for 10 days.

Medics have warned the wound will take up to a year to heal.

TikTok videos Kelsey made about her ordeal in which she understandably dubbed it the ‘worst lash extension experience’ went viral, with two of them racking up a combined 8.1million views.

Kelsey Salmon (pictured) had her eyelid torn off by an eyelash technician’s dog. Kennedy News and Media

Kelsey, from Atlanta, Georgia said: “It took place at the girl’s apartment, and this was the first time I’d ever met her. The living room was empty, aside from a lash bed in the middle of the room.

“I lay down to get started, and I could hear the dog barking in her room. This chihuahua runs in and jumps up on the bed. I start petting him, everything’s fine.

“Eventually, she’s finished with the lashes and I sit up. The dog’s sitting on the floor, I look down at him and he’s just staring at me.

Kelsey Salmon’s detached eyelid.Kennedy News and Media

“Then, out of nowhere – it happened so fast that I didn’t have time to pull back – he jumped up, bit me in the face and broke my eyelid off.

“It happened so fast that at the time, I didn’t know what he’d grabbed. There was blood everywhere, and I was trying to catch the blood, saying ‘What did he grab?’

“My eyelid was on the floor, and the girl picked it up. I looked at myself in my front camera and that’s when I started freaking out.

“I’m so lucky he didn’t grab onto my actual eye because that could have been a thousand times worse.

“I was bawling my eyes out, she gave me a dirty blanket off the floor to stop my bleeding. She’s calling the ambulance; I’m calling my mum to meet me at the hospital.

“When I got to the hospital, I ended up waiting for like seven hours. They didn’t have any ocular plastic surgeons at this hospital.

Kelsey Salmon (left), 23, and her sister Lauren Salmon, 18, went to get their eyelashes done for Kelsey’s birthday. All went wrong when the technician’s dog ripped Kelsey’s eyelid off. Kennedy News and Media

“My paramedics had wrapped up my eyelid in gauze and put it on ice. The nurse felt adamant that nothing could be done.

“I ended up leaving to go to another hospital at 8pm, and I didn’t go into surgery until 1am.

“My mum sat right next to me the whole time; I don’t know how she did that. Feeling it was bad, but watching it would be worse, I feel like.

“I was in and out during the reattachment process. It felt like half an hour to me, but I was later told that the operation took two hours.”

Kelsey’s eyelid is recovering well but could take up to a year to fully heal.

Kelsey said: “They honestly didn’t think the eyelid was going to take, because none of the doctors or nurses I spoke to had seen a full eyelid come off.

“They were in uncharted territory. They were hopeful but the odds were against me.

“I now take antibiotic drops four times a day, and I also put on a prescription gel four times a day – just to keep it moist.

“They wanted my eye to be able to breathe during the day, but at night I’m wearing a metal eyepatch with holes.

“At the moment, my eye is all stitched up with dissolvable stitches. It should open eventually.

Kelsey Salmon and her pet corgi. Kelsey was attacked by another dog on her birthday at the eyelash salon. Kennedy News and Media

“I had my surgery on May 29th and I had a check-up again on June 2nd. My surgeon and all the other doctors were shocked that it was even healing and that it had colour.

“It shouldn’t have worked. They were very surprised and glad it worked. They gave me the go-ahead to go to Hawaii.

“But even whilst I was on holiday, I was advised to go see a doctor by my surgeon back home. She thought the eyelid looked super dark.

“This doctor thought I had flesh-eating bacteria which would be super detrimental. When he saw me, he told me I was fine, but put me on an oral antibiotic for seven days just in case.”

“It’s a great way to make somebody feel bad. I’m confident but it does make me feel like s**t. Having people look at you when you go out will get you down.

Kelsey Salmon after a dog ripped her eyelid off at a salon in Hawaii. Kennedy News and Media

“On TikTok, I mainly get positive comments but there are still a lot of negative people. There are different types of negative people.

“There’s some people who will say ‘I don’t want to see this, don’t film this’, whereas other people just make fun of my appearance and crack jokes.

“A lot of people have made assumptions that I provoked the dog by getting in its face. A lot of people were asking about the dog. How about me? Why not ask how I’m doing?”

Kelsey has since documented her recovery on TikTok after the first video went viral and wants people to learn lessons from her experiences.

Kelsey Salmon after getting her eyelid torn off by a dog.Kennedy News and Media

In the video, Kelsey showed pictures of her injury and said: “I can’t even close my eye. Now it’s sewn shut for ten days.”

Kelsey said: “It’s hard to see this happen to someone else, and I don’t want it to happen to anybody.

“Because I’m looking out of one eye, I get an eye ache. I get migraines, I don’t trust myself to drive yet. There’s a lot of little things – your eye affects a lot.

“I just want people to not take their eyelids for granted. It really sucks not having one. I would also advise people not to go to anybody’s house for lashes or nails. Always go to a reputable salon.

“This experience has made me look at dogs differently. I have dogs myself, and I don’t think of them differently because I know they wouldn’t randomly attack me.

“But everyone else’s dogs, I’m hesitant around. Dogs are very unpredictable, I can see that now and I’m very careful as a result.”

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Investigation Underway After Rabid Dog Imported From Middle East Ends Up In Chester County

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A multi-state investigation was all sparked by a rabid dog. The dog was one of a few dozen animals imported by an animal rescue organization from the Middle East to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

The animal eventually end up with a Chester County family.

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Last week, the CDC issued a temporary suspension of dogs from high-risk countries, and while this is only the fourth import case recorded since 2015, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on alert.

“When I rescued her, it was through a foundation that was well known,” dog owner Nicole Antonini said.

Pet owners are on high alert after a dog imported to the U.S. and placed with a Chester County family tested positive for rabies.

“I go to the dog parks a lot, so it was kind of alarming to make sure that I don’t know everybody that’s there,” Antonini said.

The CDC confirms the dog was one of 34 animals flown to Chicago on June 10 from the Middle East, and from there distributed to animal rescue groups in five states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“The number one sign is usually a change in behavior,” said West Chester Veterinary Medical Center Dr. Rob Mowday.

While rabies is rare in the U.S. because of vaccines, it’s fatal if contracted.

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“If your dog has rabies, then it could bite you and then you have to be concerned about rabies,” Mowday said.

Health officials are not releasing the names of the animal organizations or the at least 18 people potentially exposed, but say they have contacted anyone at risk.

“If we know an animal has contact with a proven rabid animal, we do give it rabies vaccine boosters,” Mowday said.

When in doubt, take your pet to the vet.

“It can take up to six months from the time they are infected before they show signs,” Mowday said.

The rabid dog has been euthanized. Which shelter the dog was at or rescue group has yet to be released.

Anyone with questions is urged to call their local vet or the Chester County Health Department.

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