WJTV News Channel 12 - Pit Bull Mauls 10-year-old Jackson Girl, Dog Confiscated

Pit Bull Mauls 10-year-old Jackson Girl, Dog Confiscated

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A 10-year-old girl who was mauled by a Pit Bull on Monday is out of the hospital, according to University Medical Center officials.

The Jackson Police Department has not indicated that the owner of the animal will be charged with a crime.

Neighbors might be surprised to hear the victim is no longer hospitalized. Many of them were witness to the attack and said the girl's clothes were ripped apart by the pit bull and her leg had a dinner-plate sized wound.

The dog's name is deuce. He's one-year-old and between 35 and 45 pounds. Now he's on a ten day waiting list, quarantined and tested. It's possible he'll be put down.

Jackson Animal Rescue official confiscated the animal from the 300 block of River Road North around 3:00 p.m.

His owner, Brinda West, tells WJTV News Channel 12 that "when he bit the child's leg I grabbed my pistol and I intended to kill him but I couldn't get a clear shot."

"I fired a warning shot and yelled his name three times. My son was the one who pried open his jaws," West said.

Erica Frazier is a mother who is regularly in the neighborhood. She said her family watched the aftermath.

"That's absolutely terrifying because I know how often my son is outside with his uncle and his grandmother and what not and just the thought that it could have been my son, as well," Frazier said.

"My deepest sympathies go to the child and her mother because what I hear is it's a pretty bad injury," Frazier said.

West claims the girl entered her backyard with another boy to pet the dog when it attacked.

The dog is now being tested for rabies, she said.

Frazier said her thoughts were with the victim.

"First of all, you know, she's never going to be able to look at an animal again the same. And then, as far as the total physical injury she's had, you now, she might not be able to walk the same," Frazier said.

When asking the owner if she would euthanize her animal, she said "I got children just like that woman's got children so it would be better to do it now than after more regrets later."

West said this was not a dog she used for protection and it was only a pet.

She also said "Deuce" never showed any serious signs of aggression before this attack.


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