Kimani Goes to Court
UPDATE 06/09/09: We recently received an update from Jayden's father. On June 4, Kimani attended the magistrate court hearing to learn what the dog owner would plea to the charges. The owner sought a form of plea on the basis that the dogs had never attacked before and that they were "fun loving" dogs. Kimani spoke at the hearing, which he believes was the deciding factor in the prosecuting attorney asking for the maximum fine: $2,000 plus court costs.
The local commissioner invited Kimani to speak at an upcoming meeting. Kimani will keep us posted with new updates.
05/13/09: Jayden Comes Home from the Hospital
Jayden's father, Kimani Allen, reports that his son is home and recovering well. He says that he is "grateful that he is with us, it could have been much worse." He also reports that the four dogs were euthanized. But for Allen, this is not enough. Allen also wants owners of such animals to be held accountable both criminally and financially after an attack. He has provided his contact information in the comments section for those who wish to help him in his cause.
"I'm only one person, not a lawyer nor a politician, just a concerned father that would not like to see this happen to any other family."
Kimani J. Allen Fund
A fund has been set up for Kimani Jayden Allen -- "For the benefit of Kimani J Allen." Donations can be made at any Wachovia bank.
05/06/09: Father Shares Jayden's Injury Photos
Jayden's father has shared with DogsBite.org that he was driving home when he received news of the attack. He said he started hitting the steering wheel, "my heart was pounding so fast." To make matters worse, he got stuck in traffic. He said that his emotional moment came when the ER nurse lifted the sheets. "Just the sight and picturing how those dogs handled my son, and the pain he must have been enduring was truly overwhelming."
"I wish I was there to take the bite for him and to protect him against these vicious animals," he said.
Jayden is scheduled to have his draining tubes removed today. As a precautionary measure, he is also undergoing rabies shots. He has received the first and second series so far. Kimani said that his son will need both physical rehabilitation and counseling to heal from the attack. His father hopes to see him return to the former Jayden, who played soccer and was very athletic. Family members and doctors are encouraged by the young boy's strong will to recover.
05/04/09: Three Pit Bulls Attack 6-Year Old
Henry County, GA - A Henry County family said they are planning to sue the owners of some pit bulls blamed for attacking their son. The family said they are afraid the dogs may come back to the neighborhood. 6-year old Jayden Allen has injuries on both arms, on his back, hip, and neck, after three pit bulls attacked him in his neighborhood last week. A neighbor had just picked him up from school and he was in her driveway when it happened.
"I heard him scream out and I looked back and three pit bulls were just ripping him apart,” said neighbor Suzette Newman.
One of the dog’s owners came and got the pit bulls off the child. Jayden was rushed to the hospital with injuries so severe, his parents thought he might have to get skin grafts. "I want to see the dogs dead," said Jayden's father, Kimani Allen. "I want to maybe try to change the laws to restrict these dogs from being owned." He said, "I don’t think any parent should have to go through this. To see their son in pain like that and I just don't want it to happen again"
A "Beware of Dog" sign hung on the gate where the pit bulls escaped, indicating the owners knew the dogs were dangerous.
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