Recently Awarded $2,000 in Restitution
Somerset, KY - In October 2007, Dorothy Chevalier was walking to her mailbox when two boxers viciously attacked her. She said she hollered for someone to help her, but that no one heard. 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," she says of her time in the hospital.
She was hospitalized for over a month after the attack. Seven months later, she says it's still difficult to get around. She walks with a limp, the result of dog bites that took flesh away from both her legs and arms. Chevalier's medical bills cost over $100,000. But she says no amount of money will ever fix her scars or the memories of a day she wishes would stay locked away forever.
On May 8, 2008, the owners of the dogs that attacked Chevalier, pleaded guilty to harboring a vicious animal. One of them will be serving time in jail for the charge -- a whopping 10 days. Tim Sears and Tammy Chambers entered the pleas in district court. Part of the plea deal states that both will pay $1,000 in restitution to the victim; a total of $2,000 for a victim with lifelong wounds.
Tim Sears was the owner of the dogs that attacked Chevalier, so he will be serve 10 days in jail. Sears will only have to spend time in jail on weekends. Apparently, even when it comes to serving jail time owners of vicious dogs are coddled. Meanwhile. Chevalier still requires monthly treatments in Lexington, a town that's 80 miles away. Hardly convenient.
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