A 9-year-old girl who was mauled by a pit bull terrier was in serious condition, days before her 10th birthday.
The girl, Kahliyah Lloyd, endured a prolonged attack Friday evening by a pit bull that lived in her home. Her condition was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the Nebraska Medical Center said Saturday. Reports Friday night indicated she suffered severe facial injuries.
The dog’s owner, 24-year-old Jerrica Jackson, is listed on a police report as a resident of the home. Kahliyah’s mother, listed as 29-year-old Shamiah Campos, also lives at that residence — near 47th Street and Laurel Avenue. A woman answering Campos’ cellphone Saturday night declined to comment.
Jessica Jackson, Jerrica’s mother, said late Saturday night that Kahliyah seemed to be doing well. “She actually looks better than I expected.”
“She’s going to have some scars,” Jessica Jackson said. “We’re looking forward to her getting healed and being the smart, beautiful girl she’s always been,” Jessica said.
Jerrica Jackson was arrested on suspicion of harboring a dangerous animal and failing to have an animal license. Police also booked her on two counts of having no animal vaccination and for not having dangerous animal insurance.
Jackson’s Facebook page contains posts about breeding and selling pit bulls.
Jessica Jackson said the siblings reported that another pit bull in the house, called “named Grizzly,” tried to protect the girl.
The police report simply said that Kahliyah “had been severely attacked by a family dog.” The dog’s name was Layla.
Jessica Jackson said this behavior was “totally out of character” for Layla. The pit bulls in the house were accustomed to the children, she said.
Police Lt. Jake Ritonya said he was at the scene and at the emergency room. Doctors and nurses appeared to be shaken by the extent of the injuries, he said, which were confined to one side of the girl’s face.
“The look on their faces said it all,” Ritonya said. As the father of a small girl, he said he, too was stunned.
Jessica Jackson said two police officers took balloons and coloring books to Kahliyah on Saturday.
Kahliyah, whose birthday is Wednesday, was at home with her young siblings when she was attacked by one of three pit bull terriers in the house. As the attack continued, a sibling ran to a neighbor, who called 911.
When firefighters arrived, they had to use a pole to control the dog, which continued to try to go after Kahliyah.
The dog will be euthanized, said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society.
Langan said the dog also would be tested for rabies. This is standard procedure, he said.
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