Dog Attack Victim Speaks Out
The victim of a vicious pit bull attack has settled out of court.
Christy Palucha was walking through North View Mobile Home Park in August 2011 when an adult male pit bull pushed out a window air conditioning unit, charged through the trailer window and attacked her.
Palucha sued the owner of the trailer park, charging that the liable for the attack because the dog was at least 30 pounds larger than park rules allowed for.
Palucha settled this month, after the owner agreed to pay approximately $55,000 in medical bills, restitution and pain and suffering compensation.
Following the attack, the mother of two girls underwent four operations. The dog had torn part of her ear off, slashed her neck, ripped off an eyelid and left severe wounds on her left leg.
Palucha says she wants to speak out now to inform people of the importance of properly managing their dogs - and the risks involved if they don't.
Asheville dog behaviorist Kim Brophey was called on to be an expert witness if the case went forward.
Brophey is preparing to launch a national education campaign to inform people on how to select, handle and care for dogs successfully.
Her program is called the Drive Campaign and its based on the idea that the animals' behavior is shaped by four major factors: education, environment, genetics and self.