Saturday, June 27, 2015

JACKSON TN - A NEIGHBOR'S DOG ATTACKED A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS PLAYING WITH A TOY AND THE TOY WENT INTO THE NEIGHBOR'S "UNFENCED BACKYARD" - WITNESSES TELL CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS OF WHAT HAPPENED

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A dog attack Wednesday sent Heather Jacobsen, 6, to the hospital for stitches on her scalp.
Heather's family said they still do not know if the dog is up to date on shots, and the dog remains at his home although they requested him to be removed.
The dog's owners and Heather's family had different accounts of the incident.
Jason Gilmore, Heather's uncle, said she was outside with her father Wednesday evening when her toy accidentally went over her family's fence. She went into the neighbor's unfenced yard to reclaim the toy.  Lisa Jacobsen, Heather's mother, said the dog ran for the toy and attacked her daughter.
Heather Jacobsen, 6, was taken to the hospital Wednesday
Mary Kelly, whose husband owns Tigger, the dog, said he had already been playing with the toy. She had been tossing it to him when Heather rushed toward Tigger, she said.
"I hope she's going to be all right," Kelly said. "... I was up all night worrying about that kid."
Kelly said Tigger was leashed at the time, although Jacobsen said the dog was not leashed.
"It's a big dog, and I just don't think she can control that dog," Jacobsen said. "If that dog tries to pull her, she's going."
Kelly said Tigger has no history of being violent.
"That was just an incident, it happened; I hate that it happened," Kelly said. "She wasn't supposed to be over here in this backyard."
Jacobsen said she was told at the hospital that the dog would be picked up and euthanized.
Instead, Tigger is in quarantine and kept away from people other than his owners.
Kim Tedford, regional director at the Jackson-Madison County Health Department, said the 10-day quarantine means the dog must be leashed when taken outdoors.
Jackson has a leash law. On the city's website, it states that "as long as a dog is under the control of the owner, the leash law is not violated. However, if the dog is off the property, it must be on a leash."
Tedford said vicious dogs may be brought before a board. The board will look at the dog's history as well as whether it was provoked, she said. Usually dogs are brought before the board by animal control officers who have received multiple calls about the same dog, she said.
An owner is not held liable if an injury resulted from a person "enticing, disturbing, alarming, harassing, or otherwise provoking the dog," according to Tennessee law.
The dog's owner is also not held liable if the injury occurred while the injured person was on a residential property owned by the dog's owner. An exception to this is if the claimant can establish "that the dog's owner knew or should have known of the dog's dangerous propensities."

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