DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police have deemed a pit bull who bit two children in two separate incidents over the past few months “dangerous." But the dog’s owners are fighting to keep the dog alive.
Seven-year-old Jashawn Fleming's physical scars are healing, but the mental scars, that's another story. Last month, Jashawn went to visit a friend in his east side apartment building when the friend's pit bull got out and lunged at him.
"The dog was right beside the door. When he was shutting it, when he was moving it, he got through and came at me and jumped on top of me," Jashawn says while covering his throat with his arm, "I went like this so he couldn't get my throat or my chest but he got this and then I moved in and then he got that."
The dog, named Cash, was not up to date on its rabies shots and was not insured. Both attacks happened at Carol Hildreth's apartment. Her daughter owns Cash.
"That's what dogs do. That's their way of protecting the ones they love," Hildreth says, "Them kids provoked Cash too. And like I said, no, he shouldn't bite. But he should not be put to death for it."
Cash is being held at the ARL. The city will determine in the next few weeks whether Cash should be put down.