FOLLOWUP: After Surgeries, Pit Bull Victim Finally ‘Getting Her Smile Back’

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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

Nearly two years ago (read our previous coverage here), pit bull attack victim Jeanette Cunningham told me “I just want to get my smile back…” at the Burien Farmers Market.

Jeanette “lost” her smile when she was attacked by a pit bull while crossing a Burien street on July 24, 2010. Her face was disfigured in the attack, with the majority of the damage done to her mouth and chin area, caused by the dog jumping up and biting her face.

As we reported Sept. 2, 2010, $5,500 was raised to help pay for additional surgery for Jeanette,

This week, Jeanette stopped by The B-Town Blog booth, and what a difference we saw – check out the before and after pics:

LEFT: Jeanette Cunningham in August, 2010. RIGHT: Jeanette on May 24, 2012.

“I received my second surgery six weeks ago,” Jeanette said, this time with a smile. “‘Dr. J’ at Harborview did some liposuction, injected fat into my lips and repaired scar tissue on my chin. And now I can smile again…”

As many of our Readers may also recall, Jeanette’s husband Walter took the City of Burien to task for releasing the suspect pit bull to a residence in Yakima (read his Letter to the Editor here). Here’s a poster he posted around town then that shows the extent of the damage Jeanette suffered:

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6 Responses to “FOLLOWUP: After Surgeries, Pit Bull Victim Finally ‘Getting Her Smile Back’”
  1. So sorry Jeanette had to go through this terrible ordeal. It is wonderful to see her smile again.

  2. Del Rivero says:

    Jeanette – You look great! Sorry you had to go through all that pain for 2 years. Dog attacks are no fun speaking from experience. Good luck

  3. Elizabeth says:

    You look beautiful!

  4. Pat Renwick says:

    Jeanette has looked always looked beautiful. Through all of this she has held her head high and never let this get the best of her. She has always been determined to find a positive. She is tough and a great inspiration for all. Jeanette I am so happy that your smile has found it’s way back to you. We all love you so very much .

  5. Pat Renwick says:

    Jeanette has looked beautiful through all this. She has always held her head high. She is always trying to see the positive of things. She is an inspiration to us all. Jeanette, I am so happy that your smile has found it’ s way back to you. No one deserves it more. We all are so proud of you and love you very much.

  6. john poitras says:

    I’d like to know if the owner was prosecuted and had to pay restitution?
    We need to hold the owners responsible for controlling their dangerous animals.I hope the dog was put down we don’t want this to happen again.
    Thank God Jeanette got her beautiful smile back but it sounds like she never got compensated $$ for her pain and suffering.

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