Pulaski Dog Mauling Victim Shares Story of Recovery

It's difficult these days for Dorothy Chevalier to get around. She walks with a limp, the result of dog bites that took flesh away from both her legs .and her arms.

“The garments may push it down some, ut it will always be this way. It will never be no more,” says the Pulaski County woman of the wounds that will probably never completely heal.

Chevalier was walking to her mailbox last October when two dogs attacked her, for reasons she doesn't know.

“I hollered for somebody to help me. No one heard me.”

Her husband finally came and fought off the dogs. She remembers being loaded into a helicopter but little else.

“I mean I don't know how many days I was laying there until I woke up," Chevalier says of her time in the hospital.

She spent a month at UK hospital and more time at Cardinal Hill. While she was recovering, police charged the dogs' owners, Tim Sears and Tammy Chambers, with harboring a vicious animal. She's since decided to forgive them.

“I don't want them to hurt. Because I don't want anyone to hurt like I hurt.”

Tim Sears and Tammy Chambers will be in court again on May 8th. The county attorney says the hearing will deal with restitution.

Chevalier says her medical bills cost more than $100,000. Insurance covered most of that, but no amount of money will ever fix her scars or the memories of a day she wishes would stay locked away in her mind forever.

“A whole lot of it is coming back to me. I don't like it to come back. Because it really bothers me when I'm trying to rest or something,” she said.

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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 1, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    5days after my 16th birthday a dalmation from across the street that we had told the onwer about twice before. Came at me while I was returning home on my bicycle. It bit me and left a permanant fang mark on my upper thigh. I in turn slammed my bike on its head and body and made it run home. I dont think all dogs are vicious, I think most owners are fools. Same goes for people that buy rat dogs then get between nature when a 75lb dog decides that the 5lb isnt boss. I bet you same fools wanted romeos law passed yet you wish to select which animals to commit genocide on by your personal experiences or lack there of.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on May 1, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    I agree with you $$$$$ location USA
  • by $$$ Location: USA on May 1, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    Restitution? If these irresponsible owners don't have the money to cover her medical expense PLUS, they should lose their house. this woman's injuries are hideous. And their negligence is criminal.
  • by agreed Location: Winchester on May 1, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    I agree this is so sad. I have a neighbor that has a Rottweiler and this dog scares us to death. It has came after me, my daughter and our 2 very small house dogs. They have over 5 acres and no matter how much I have informed them of the attempted attacks on my home and family they do not do anything to keep this dog on their land. When I did call the county attorney they stated that there was nothing I could do unless the dog is in the middle of the attack. Then as it is attacking and possibly doing damage then I have a right to shoot it. Til then there is nothing I can do except hope that one day it wont catch my back turned and get ahold of my 12 yr old or my 2 house dogs that I keep in MY YARD. Its a shame that is takes something like this tragedy to get someone to do something when its literally too late.
  • by Kelly Location: Williamson on May 1, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    My son was attacked by a pit bull...... I can still his screams and the scars on his little leg will never go away I have forgiven the owners for the attack but I will never forget the pain my son still has to live with God Bless you
  • by Concerned Location: Ky on May 1, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    My heart goes out to this lady. She has had to go thru something tragic and could have been avoided.My parents live on Hwy 39 South. Their neighbor has several bid mixed breed dogs. The dogs have dug into my parents fenced yard and tried to kill their dog. My mother went out @2AM to get their dog in away from these dogs (there was 3-4 inside her yard) the dogs tried to get her! I called the Pulaski Dog Catcher and they came and got ONE dog. They have had to be called two more times since and will not take care of the matter.Is it going to take my mom going thru something like this poor lady to have the dog catcher do the job he is paid to do?I wish the news would do a story on this. The owner of the dogs is in a wheelchair and can't do it himself. He has told them he don't want the dogs.If this happens to my mom or dad, Pulaski Co. will pay dearly!!!I am clearly upset by the job not being done.I know they were called at least 4-5 times on this matter.


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