The night that changed our lives

Name: Janet, Jaelynn’s Mother
Victim: Child
Location: At a friend’s house, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2019

Tell us about the attack
On July 3rd, 2019 around 7:30 pm, me & 2 of my kids went to visit a good friend of the family for 9 years. I did tell my friend that I was going to pass by her house. Upon arrival, she was at the backyard, she called me & my girls to the back. Never once did she warn me about her daughter’s dog being at the house nor that it had aggression towards kids. My daughter asked to use the bathroom. She walked in before me, the dog jumped on her, knocked her down, ripped off a chunk of her eyebrow & eyelid, lacerations on her cheek & face, bit her shoulder, ribs, hips & thighs. Owners tried to save its life. Didn’t put down until 4 months later. At court the owner said I inflicted the wounds on my daughter, that her dog never touched the baby.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Nightmares about the incident are constantly, 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 & making so many scars on her face and body! We never leave the house without protection in case anything happens.

Legal Consequences
Owner was fined for harboring a dangerous animal, no shots, no license or register under Pennsylvania laws. The family was trying to relocate it to a different state because it wasn’t its fault. Ultimately, it was PTS after 4 months. A law suit against the homeowners insurance is on 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!