ECU students call for dog law change after child dies

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – A petition is circulating online to euthanize dogs that have killed humans without being provoked.

“Jayden’s Law” is named after 7-year-old Jayden Henderson, who was killed by two dogs in Garner on April 27.

The petition was started by Jayden’s babysitter and ECU freshman Kinley Borum. She was inspired to create it after finding out that the dogs that killed Jayden were still alive.

“She was my friend and I will stand up for her in any way I can,” Borum said. “The fact that they haven’t been slaughtered yet and are still alive is disgusting.”

With over 7,300 signatures, Borum’s petition challenges North Carolina Senate Bill 994. The law allows owners of dogs who have killed a human to apply for a dangerous dog license. The purpose of the petition is to change the law by preventing dogs that have indiscriminately killed humans from obtaining a permit and having them humanely euthanized.

Jayden’s parents Dave and Heather Henderson fully support the petition. They hope that no other parent will have to endure the pain they have endured.

“It just wasn’t real,” Heather said. “It’s not something anyone would expect to happen.”

The two dogs involved, Athena and Blitzen, have been in the custody of the Wake County Animal Center since the April 27 attack.

The owners, Joseph and Amanda White, hope to keep the dogs alive. WITN has contacted them for comment, but has not heard back from them.

They have an Instagram page to support their dogs are not being euthanized.

The couple posted an article which reads:

“All we asked from the start was that our due process and civil rights be granted. Parents have stepped in on this every time knowing these dogs are our only children and plan to do so again in the next trial. “

Amanda and Joseph will appear before a Wake County judge on Friday, September 10.

Garner police said the mother and daughter were helping take care of the dogs while the owners were out of town when the dogs attacked.

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