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A teenager in Argentina was left needing 40 stitches after a photoshoot with a German Shepherd turned ugly.

The dog, a friend's pet, mauled her while she was posing for photos with him.

Lara Sanson was posing with the dog when he suddenly turned on her and bit her face.

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Lara Sanson from Argentina was posing with a friend's dog before the animal turned on her and bit her face. Photo / Twitter
Lara Sanson from Argentina was posing with a friend's dog before the animal turned on her and bit her face. Photo / Twitter

The 17-year-old shared a series of photos on Twitter, showing how the shoot went wrong.

The photo series shows her posing with the dog as he stood calmly next to her, then went on to show the result of the attack.

The terrifying attack left the teen needing a two-hour operation to her face, mouth and gums. Photo / Twitter
The terrifying attack left the teen needing a two-hour operation to her face, mouth and gums. Photo / Twitter

She simply captioned the post: "A photoshoot goes wrong".

Ms Sanson said she was recovering well although was experiencing some inflammation. Photo / Twitter
Ms Sanson said she was recovering well although was experiencing some inflammation. Photo / Twitter

The teen had to undergo a two-hour surgery and got stitches inside her mouth to her gums and around her face.

The dog attack left Ms Sanson needing stitches which are causing a few problems when she eats. Photo / Twitter
The dog attack left Ms Sanson needing stitches which are causing a few problems when she eats. Photo / Twitter

She told local media she doesn't think the dog meant to hurt her.

"I do not know if I touched its hip or if it reacted like this because it is old, or it was because I hugged it and scared it," she said.

The dog will not be put down following the attack.