Pit Bull Owners Charged with Crime

Jackson - The owners of three pit bulls that seriously injured a 6-year-old girl this week in Jackson County face up to four years behind bars. The Jackson County Prosecutor's office has charged Brian Nace and Jasmine Bailey with "keeping a dangerous animal which caused a serious injury," a felony that carries up to a 4-year prison sentence and $2,000 fine.

"These are the worst injuries I have seen from a dog attack in my long career. They are absolutely horrific. This child had no chance against these 3 pit bulls. Each dog weighed as much or more than the child," said Prosecutor Hank Zavislak in a written press release. "In my opinion too many people and other animals have been bitten and terrorized. Owning a dog, especially one which has a proven potential to do great harm, comes with responsibilities. We intend to hold the owners fully accountable as provided by law," continued Zavislak.

The charges stem from an August 24th attack of 6-year-old Tyah Norris at a home on Mantle Avenue in Blackman Township. The girl had entered a fenced area of Nace & Bailey's yard, when she was attacked by the three dogs. The girl has had to undergo extensive surgery and will have permanent injuries.

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