Paytan Wiersum, an 8-year-old girl, was hospitalized on Tuesday evening after she suffered multiple dog bitesfrom two pit bulls.
The dog bites happened on Tuesday afternoon in Plainfield Township, Michigan.
Paytan Wiersum was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital because of the severity of her wounds. Doctors told Paytan’s family that she had more than a dozen bite wounds.
Aaron Wiersum, Paytan’s father, said: “It was a full-fledged dog attack. They’re serious wounds. They’re serious bites.”
The girl was treated for her injuries and released Wednesday.
One dog that bit Paytan was placed under quarantine and the other dog was held at the animal shelter pending further investigation.
Neighborhood Watch Captain Alice D’Agostino, who lives next door to the dogs’ owner, has filed several complaints regarding the dogs being loose and is frustrated that no action was taken sooner.
D’Agostino was among the neighbors who responded after hearing the children’s screams: “It turned from yelling to absolute screams. It all happened in a few minutes because somebody didn’t put their vicious dog away like they should have. I won’t get over all the screams that I walked into… and all of them, just earth curdling screams. I’ll never forget it, ever.”
The dogs’ owner Salvatore Pizzo said the animals were inside of his home, several doors down from the victim’s house, when they somehow escaped. He said he wasn’t sure how they got out because he was at work when the incident happened.
“He’s very friendly dog,” Pizzo said, identifying the dog believed to have bitten the girl as a 3-year-old pit bull named ‘Lucky.’ “I’ve never seen him hurt nobody before like that.”
Pizzo admitted that the dogs had gotten out before, but said he’d taken precautions to make sure it didn’t happen again. He added more fencing after learning that the dogs were able to jump over the fence as it was originally built.
After getting stitches, Paytan was expected to be released from the hospital to continue her recovery. Hopefully, Wiersum’s family has contacted an experienced lawyer to get them compensation for her physical injuries, emotional anguish and any costs related to her rehab.
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