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Girl Resting At Home After Being Attacked By Dog

April 29, 2014, 6:12 PM by Leland Steva

Girl Resting At Home After Being Attacked By Dog

A 12-year-old Yankton girl is recovering after being bitten by a dog. Jackie Holman passes the dog every day on her walk to school. The pit bull usually lunges and barks at her, but is chained up. On Monday, the chain broke.

The Yankton Sheriff Department says the pit bull bit a girl in 2012 during a 4th of July Fireworks show. There were no charges in that case, and there aren't any charges pending in this case because the owner is cooperating with law enforcement. The Sheriff says after this most recent incident, the dog's owner is planning on making a change.

Jackie sits at home after a terrifying encounter with a neighbor's pit bull. Holman's mom, April Gawboy, was inside her home when her daughter began walking to the bus stop. That's when she heard some horrific sounds.

"It sounded like there was a pig loose in the trailer courts.  Squealing, bloody murder and I thought it was the weirdest sound," Gawboy said.

That sound was Jackie screaming as she was being attacked.

"I was just shocked I guess," Jackie said.

The owner of the dog was able to pull the pit bull off the girl. The 12-year-old ran back inside her home and yelled to her mother to call 911. Gawboy hadn't seen her daughter's injuries until after the call was made.

"I went to the bathroom and when I saw her legs, I almost got sick," Gawboy said.

Jackie was rushed to the hospital where she spent two hours being bandaged up. She says she feels better today, but is still shook up after what happened. Because this is the second time the dog has attacked a child, Gawboy sees only one way to prevent future attacks.

"This dog it should be euthanized, absolutely no question about it," Gawboy said.

The Yankton County Sheriff's Office says it would take the dog away and put it down, but the owner says he will make sure the dog never attacks again.

"The owner of the dog is cooperating with authorities and has agreed to put the dog down, but he has to quarantine the dog for 10 days to keep an eye on it and make sure nothing else is wrong with the dog," Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl said.

That's news Jackie is relieved to hear, but surprisingly she has one kind wish for her attacker.

"It should be put down but in the hospital, I said that in heaven the angels will teach it to be nice," Jackie said.

The Sheriff's Office says the dog was up to date on all its shot, so Jackie should not have to worry about contracting Rabies or any other disease.

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