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Fundraiser held for girl bitten by pit bull

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A fundraiser was held Sunday for a young Jackson girl who was attacked by a pit bull.

The event, hosted by Friends of Fallen Riders, was held to help with medical expenses. It was held at Parham Bridges Park for Kiya West.

The 12-year-old was bitten in the back yard of her neighbor's home on July 8. She suffered injuries to the leg, chest, abdomen and hand.

Kiya remained at Batson Children's Hospital for two weeks. She underwent skin graft surgery during her stay.

"He asked me did I want to pet is dog, and I was like sure," said Kiya.

That invitation to play with her friend's pit bull in his back yard began a nightmare for West.  The 12-year-old says she asked her young neighbor if the 2-year-old pit bull named Deuce would bite and he told her no. She says she petted the animal but after walking away he bit her repeatedly then latched onto her leg. 

"I'm doing fine. I can walk on my walker now. I don't have to use my wheelchair anymore and it's healing and Ii was surprised that people around the world saw me. I was like wow," Kiya added.

"This is gonna help a lot because I do have outstanding medical bills and she's still got therapy to go through and everything, but other than that you know I have a lot of support and a lot of good people on my side," said Kiya's mother, Javanda Patton.

The dog was returned to his owner after a 10-day quarantine.

"It was returned, but it was not returned to her address I'm told. So I really don't know where the dog went to but I'm just glad he's not at my home," Patton added.

Event organizers say they wanted to support Kiya's family and let the public learn the truth about the attack.

"We felt like this was something that we had to do and we wanted to be able to lift her spirits because she felt really upset about things that people were saying, the derogatory things she was saying about a child and she was really things, it really hurt her feelings," said Stacy Vance, Friends of Fallen Riders.

We're told Kiya was unable to start school and will not be able to return for quite some time.

"I want to go to school," Kiya said.

The Chastain Middle School student says she is trying to get back to normal, but must wait at least a couple of weeks before she can be cleared to start classes.

Meanwhile a Sunday spent with friends, family and a picnic in the park could help her get back into the swing of things.

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