Mother of girl bit by dog raising awarenessPublished 12:00am Thursday, January 3, 2013
The “blond-haired Tinkerbell” attacked by a dog at an Andalusia home in 2011 is making a slow, but steady, recovery. Now, her mother is hoping to raise awareness of situations like the one that left her daughter blind in one eye.
Jazlynn “Jaz” Frymire was 4 and staying part of the summer at her grandmother’s Ammons Street home when she was mauled by a neighbor’s dog. Frymire was rushed to a Pensacola, Fla., hospital for treatment to repair a missing portion of her left cheek and to treat 11 puncture wounds.
“Jaz is a brave and brilliant little girl, who has completely overcome her fear of dogs despite her vivid memory of the event,” said her mother, Amanda Monds.
Monds said it took three hours of plastic surgery immediately after the attack to repair the damage to her daughter’s face. And in August, a pre-kindergarten physical revealed a bigger problem.
“Due the damage to her left side from the vicious attack, we found Jazlynn was not able to see out of her left eye,” Monds said. “She’s undergone two surgeries since October to try and regain her vision, and is scheduled for another surgery in February.”
But, that hasn’t slowed the bubbly child down, her mother said. Frymire has to wear a patch on her good eye to strengthen the left, and her family is hopeful for the future.
Frymire maintains a spot on the A and B honor roll and loves school.
Monds said she wanted to thank the first responders for saving her daughter’s life.
“I want to first thank the response team and hospital staff that directly worked with and reached out in support on that day to Jazlynn and ask the community to still keep her in their prayers as we still battle with this,” Monds said. “I have joined hands with ‘Parents Against Dog Chaining’ to try and raise awareness in making it illegal and animal cruelty to chain a dog.”
According to the group’s website, www.parentsagainstdogchaining.org, 371 children have been seriously injured or killed from reported attacks by dogs since October 2003.
The dog that attacked Frymire in 2011 was a cur chained in the neighbor’s yard.
Mounds said emotional support of kind words would be greatly appreciated to help boost her daughter’s strength during her recovery. Cards can be sent to: Jazlynn Frymire,109 West Royal Palm Avenue, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433.