Family Speaks Out After Vicious Attack

A Pulaski County woman continues to recover, after what police call a vicious attack by her neighbor's dogs.

The dogs have since been quarantined, their owner says they've never been a threat before.

Dorothy Chevalier is in fair condition at UK hospital, after she was attacked by three dogs just outside her Pulaski County home.

Her husband says the dogs inflicted severe injuries to both his wife's arms and legs.

Jim Chevalier says his wife Dorothy was simply getting the mail Monday afternoon when she was attacked.

Police say three boxers attacked the woman, who suffered serious injuries.

The dogs have since been quarantined at the animal control shelter in Somerset.


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  • by lori Location: somerset on Nov 2, 2007 at 12:52 PM
    Marlene I like the way you think. My boxer sleeps between me and my husband and eats twizzlers at bedtime. He won't let me in bed unless he sees me get the bag of twizzlers. He wouldn't hurt a fly. But he acts like he is always hungry, regardless.
  • by Marlene Location: Harlen KY on Nov 2, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    First of all, I am a proud owner of a female boxer, she is one of the biggest babys of all my 7 other dogs. She stays in the house and sleeps with me she runs loose in my fenced in yard. She has a special friend a pic a pom. She has never attempted to bite or be aggressive in any kind of way. In my opinion, its all in how a dog is treated and raised what they are taught to do and not to do. Any dog can bite!!! And most likely will if they are not properly feed or treated in the right way. This dog could have been getting in thier garbage even before now and they could have been doing something to keep it out of the garbage and the dogs could remember what they had done. This could have led up to the attack.But would you not be scared of a dog if you had been doing something to it to keep it out of garbage? I would. NOT SAYING THIS WAS THE CASE BUT VERY WELL COULD HAVE BEEN. Now if I shot someone does this mean that ALL FEMALES BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR MY ACTIONS? I DONT THINK SO.
  • by lori Location: somerset on Nov 2, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    To Gail in Ohio, my boxer eats all the time, has access to food at all times and he still acts like he has never eaten a bite. Don't go saying a dog is underfed. Dogs love to eat regardless of being hungry or not. I wonder if she was striking at them with something. Sure all dogs can bite, but most do so after being provoked. Ryan in Corbin, I hope we don't see a story about you being mauled by dogs, you would, however deserve it after provoking them. Ban the ignorant people talking bad about the dogs, why is it always the dog's fault? People create their situations most of the time.
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Nov 2, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    To Gail in Ohio: If what you are saying is true, did she makes reports to the police that these dogs were roaming the neighboorhood and rummaging thru her trash for food?
  • by Sarah Location: Lexington on Nov 2, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    My sister in law owns a poodle who is the meanest dog I have ever seen. Although he is small he bites EVERYONE!! My boxer is actually a much nicer dog with not an aggressive bone in his body. It's not the breed folks, it's how they are raised and cared for.
  • by gail Location: ohio on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:26 PM
    Dorothy Chevelier, the lady attacked by the dogs is still in the hospital and will be emotionally scarred for life. Imagine the terror she must have endured while being mauled by these large viscious animals. She did not provoke those animals as she had been afraid of them for some time. They routinely rumaged through her garbage indicating they were not being properly fed. I believe those dogs should be put down asap. The owners are without doubt responsible and should be criminally charged. Just as parents of underage criminals are held responsible so should these dog owners.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Ryan in Corbin-you want to provoke roaming dogs to attack so you can kill them and call the owner? That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard. You probably provoke angry drunks too so they can throw the first punch, giving you permission to kick their (edited). You are asking for trouble provoking dogs. You may not be fast enough to defend yourself or your family if one actually does attack. It only takes one bite...I hope you don't have children. Why put them through the trauma of possibly being attacked or watching you kill someone's pet? Why not call the owner or animal control first? You are a bully, plain and simple.
  • by Gwen on Nov 1, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    People who own animals should be held responsible for the actions of those animals. And people who get dogs and keep them chained up 365 days a year should be chained up beside them. It infuriates me the way people treat their animals. No wonder there are so many vicious, out-of-control dogs...their owners are idiots who shouldn't be allowed to own a rat. I pray the lady recovers and I certainly hope that the dog owners have to pay every cent of her medical bills. As for the dogs - if they attacked once they will attack again.
  • by Karen Location: Lexington on Nov 1, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    Any dog can bite. Boxers are great dogs. I grew up with them and I have two. Chaining dogs can make them aggressive and territiorial. See more details at www.unchainyourdog.org. If the dogs were not spayed/neutered that can also be a factor. Pack mentality with loose dogs is a factor. More information is needed. Are the dogs ill? Bottom line, the pet owner is responsible for the actions of their dogs. Dogs should be behind a secure fence, inside or on a leash with their owner at their side.
  • by JP Location: Richmond on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    I knew this story would get lots of people going about this dog breed. It's good to see so many people have Boxers. My boxer is 9 years old and she is the sweetest thing EVER! Her best friend is my black cat who gives her baths. I just don't want people to think "all" boxers are bad. This is the first instance I have ever heard of boxers attacking someone. They are so good with people and kids. Any dog can bite at any time. People just need to realize that, so don't blame the whole breed for these attacks. It's all how the owners raise them. I think the owners should be resonsible for all of their animals. I pray for this womans speedy recovery.

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