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Online petition started to save Pitbull that bit child

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HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON -

"Please, please, please don't euthanize him. He doesn't deserve it. He really doesn't deserve it," says Shannon Fortenberry.

When Fortenberry heard Deuce the Pitbull would be euthanized after biting a child, she took to social media to try to save his life. She created a "Save Deuce!" petition that seems to be taking off. Thursday, it grew from 200 signatures to nearly 1,000. But will it work?

"I would love to see him go to a home that can give him the attention and the love that he needs," she says.

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green told us Thursday night that isn't likely. She says the dog's owner could be charged for not being a responsible dog owner. A judge would decide the fine she'd pay. Officer Green also says if the dog is deemed "vicious" and released to the owner, the owner could face even more charges. She says police are just following the law, and they're more concerned about public safety than the life of an animal.

Beth Benton says her Pitbull mix Bubbles is proof it's not a bad breed.

"When we got her, I was told that she was a rescue from being a bait dog," explains Benton. "They found her on the side of the road. She was almost dead when they got her."

But the Bentons gave Bubbles a chance, and Beth says besides her scars, you can't tell she was ever abused. We asked Benton if she thinks Deuce could ever be someone's pet again.

"Absolutely," she answered. "Given the right home, sure, I think so. Just because we make one mistake doesn't mean anything."

12-year-old Kaya West, who was bitten by Deuce, is still in the hospital. We're told she had an operation Thursday afternoon.

We'll continue to update you on her condition and bring you the latest on Deuce the Pitbull.

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