Three children are recovering after two separate pit bull attacks in the city of Rochester this weekend.
The first happened in near Avenue D and Joseph Avenue shortly before 3 p.m., Saturday afternoon.
Police tell us two boys, a five-year old and a ten-year old were bitten by a pit bull. They said the five-year old suffered "substantial" injuries to one leg, while the ten-year old suffered minor injuries to his lower body. Both were taken to Rochester General Hospital where the older child was treated and released. Police say the dog wasn't on a leash. Officers say they expect the owner of the pit bull will be cited.
Family Speaks out on Attack
A three year old girl was attacked in a separate incident near Starling and Lexington Avenue less than a half hour later.
It has been a long sleep-less weekend for the Forrester family. Their three-year old Jayden is listed in guarded condition and will have a long road to recovery after being attacked by a family pit bull, a dog she grew up with. It's a case with alot of unanswered questions and as the family sit at their daughter's bedside, they are asking for the community's support.
Justin, Malissa, and their three year old daughter Jayden are just your average family.
"She's loving, happy all the time," says Malissa Moore, Jayden's Mother.
A very artistic family, Justin has made a name for himself as a tattoo artist in Rochester. Saturday afternoon, they were enjoying a family get-together,
"We were all sitting down, getting ready to watch a movie," said the Jayden's Grandpa.
When a family member's pit bull, who baby Jayden has grown up with snapped.
"The dog came around the couch and came up to her like normal, the Granfather tells us. "And just attacked her face and would not let go."
Hearing his daughter's screams, Jayden's father ran into the living room. An image he says he still has troubling keeping out of his mind.
"The pit bull had my daughter's whole head in his mouth," says the Jayden's father.
With the pit bulls jaws locked across Jayden's eyes to under her chin, Justin pried open the dog's mouth. He says he expected the dog to attack him, but the pit bull continued to pursue Jayden.
"They've been together since Jayden was a baby girl," Malissa explains. "He never did anything to her."
Jayden's mother says her daughter spent time with the dog often, playing with his ears and cuddling on the couch.
That's why we didn't think of nothing," said the Mother. "He was a family dog."
Jayden has undergone six hours of surgery to repair a fractured jaw and damage to her nasal passages, tear duct, eye lids and bridge of her nose. She also lost five teeth in the attack and received two units of blood from the Red Cross, a large amount for a small child.
Jayden's grandfather who lives with the owner of the dog, says since a family with a pit bull moved in across the street, the dog has been acting differently.
"He'd be a little rough, a little crazy," says Jayden's Grandfather. "How like when storms come and they get crazy, that kind of indifference him."
While the pit bulls reputation may precede itself, Rebecca Lohnes, behaviorial manager at Lollypop Farm, says small dogs are actually more aggressive by nature than pit bulls, however their bite will do less damage.
"There isn't anything special about them that triggers to have a sudden onset of aggression. I don't think it's a pit bull issue at all," says Rebecca Lohnes, behavioral manager at Lollypop Farms.
The family agrees it was a rare accident. As Jayden's condition improves, the family is now facing another hurdle: the substantial medical costs for Jayden's medical bills and extensive reconstructive surgery.
"It's going to to take a lot to get her back to the beautiful girl she was," Justin tell us.
Jayden's father is unable to work because he injured his hand trying to free his daughter during the attack. The family has set up a fundraising website, asking for the community's help and prayers. To bring that bright smile,
"Today she nodded and open her eyes," says Justin.
Lollipop Farm says a long -term relationship with a pet does not ensure secuirty and parents should always monitor the pets and their children. Both dogs involved in these attacks are expected to be euthanized.
To make a donation to the Jayden Forrester fund you can click on the link below.
Jayden Forrester Fund