She was terrified as her 4-year-old son was dragged under a Chandler home Tuesday kicking and screaming, but Jenny Anderson said the gut-wrenching fear did not match the need to save her child's life.
"I thought, 'What the hell has my kid?' He was on the step behind me and then he was gone. I saw his body disappear under the house and I went after him," she said with tears filling her eyes.
Ms. Anderson said she and her son Jaydon had gone to a friend's home in the Sunrise Shores subdivision in Chandler to give her friend a ride to Tyler.
"We had made it up on the porch. Then I heard a noise like Jaydon was jumping and then he wasn't there. The next thing I saw was his feet going under the home," she said.
Ms. Anderson said Jaydon had her keys in his hands, and he began hitting the full-grown female PIT BULL in the face. She said she grabbed her son and was in a virtual tug of war with the snarling dog that had just given birth to a litter of puppies.
"I couldn't believe it. It was like a horror movie," she said.
In the next few seconds the dog released her son, but not after biting his arms and tearing the back of his left thigh apart.
Paramedics rushed the child to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler and then to Children's Hospital in Dallas, where doctors told the family Jaydon will have to undergo multiple surgeries to repair the damage.
"I was holding him on the porch waiting for the ambulance and I was crying and he said 'Mama I'm OK, don't cry.' He was so brave through the whole thing," she said.
Henderson County Sheriff's Lt. Charlie Severn said his agency responded to the location to take the dog into custody, but deputies were forced to use a tranquilizer gun to subdue the animal.
"We tried to put a catch pole on her and that didn't work out well for us. We had no choice but to tranquilize her," he said.
Savern said the dog and her puppies are being held by the Henderson County Humane Society, but his office is asking a judge to sign orders to put the dog to sleep.
But Ms. Anderson said she didn't want the dog put to sleep, because it was not the dog's fault.
"I was told the dog had puppies and was starving. I don't know if the dog saw my son as a threat or something to eat," she said.
Ms. Anderson said the dog did not belong to her friend, but to a friend of the family.
"She didn't know the dog was there until the animal control people were pulling the dog from under the house," she said.
Savern said the investigation is ongoing, but added charges are possible in the case against the dog's owners.
"It is a good possibility that someone will be charged for a vicious dog attack," he said.
Jaydon just shrugged when his mother asked him if he was feeling okay Thursday afternoon, and asked to go outside where his cousins were swimming in the backyard pool.
"He doesn't feel much now, because they have him on pain meds. He has been pretty brave through all of it, but the doctors say he has a long road," she said. "I'm just glad he is going to be okay. I've never been so scared in my entire life."