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The family of "Deuce" the pitbull talks with WJTV

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HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON -

More than 2,000 people have signed the petition to save "Deuce", the pitbull that bit a 12-year-old girl after she walked into the fenced-in yard where he was tied-up.

Now, it's a he said, she said between police and Deuce's owner.

"I talked to the city dog pound today, and he explained to me that Deuce is still my property, and the only way that the city wouldn't intervene if I signed Deuce over to the city," says Deuce's owner, Brinda West. "And after his 10 days quarantined, I have eight days to make up my mind as to what I'm going to do and come and get him."

According to Commander Dwayne Odom with Jackson Animal Control, West signed Deuce over to the city. West says that's not true.

"I haven't signed him over to the city," she told us Friday afternoon.

Police say they'll get to decide Deuce's fate next Thursday.

"I did not give them permission to put Deuce down," says West.

She says she's had Deuce for four months and never saw any signs of aggression.

"Deuce was a just a puppy, a friendly, happy-go-lucky dog," she says.

A happy puppy until this past Monday, anyway. Jaquan West, Brinda's son, tells his side of the story.

"I thought she was going to stay in the front yard and call Niya, her friend, and I went in my back to go get me something to eat. I just woke up, so then she started following me. Next thing I know, I'm right there in the patio door getting ready to go in and closing it. Next thing I know, I hear screaming so I ran out," he says.

Deuce had latched on to 12-year-old Kiya West.

"I had to pry his mouth open because he didn't have a good grip, but once he got on her leg, I guess he went into beast mode, and he just closed on it," says Jaquan.

We're told Kiya had a procedure done at Blair E. Batson Chidlren's Hospital Thursday. She's reportedly in good condition.

"Little Kiya knew he was back there because her fence adjoins mine," says Brinda. "That was his property out there. He was chained down to a tree that he couldn't move, and he was in a gated fence."

West must appear in court on August 13 because of Deuce's attack. As of now, Deuce remains in Jackson Animal Control's custody.

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