Name: Janet, Jaelynn’s Mother
Location: At a friend’s house, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: July 3rd, 2019
Tell us about the attack
On July 3rd, 2019 around 7:30 pm, I went with two of my children to visit someone who had been a good friend of our family for 9 years. I did tell my friend that I was going to pass by her house. Upon arrival, she was in the backyard, and she called me & my girls to the back. Never once did she warn me about her daughter’s pit bull being at the house nor that it had aggression towards kids. My daughter asked to use the bathroom. She walked in before me, the pit bull jumped on her, knocked her down, ripped off a chunk of her eyebrow & eyelid, caused lacerations on her cheek & face, bit her shoulder, ribs, hips & thighs.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Nightmares about the incident are constant for both me & my daughter. She has to go to PTSD therapy to help her cope with the horror she lived. We now walk with a pocket knife and she says she hates pit bulls for biting her & causing so many scars on her face and body! We never leave the house without protection in case anything happens.
The pit bull owner was fined for harboring a dangerous animal, no shots, no license and no registration under Pennsylvania laws.
The pit bull owner fought the authorities to try to save the pit bull from euthanization. In court, the pit bull owner even said that I had inflicted the wounds on my own daughter and that her pit bull never touched her.
The pit bull owner tried to relocate the pit bull to a different state because “the incident wasn’t its fault.” It was finally put down 4 months later.
A law suit against the homeowner’s insurance is in the works.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Never trust a pit bull, any pit bull. Pit bulls are not pets. They will attack unprovoked at any given time. Practice a way to defend yourself, family & pets, from a pit bull attack as well as teaching your family when walking outdoors. Always keep a weapon on you!