LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- A Leland woman is on crutches after a neighbor's pit bull attacked her yesterday. The dog's owner says she takes full responsibility for the attack.
"Every time I close my eyes I see the attack over and over again and again," Kelly Diemer said.
Diemer can barely walk a day after a neighbor's dog visciously attacked her.
"He took a chunk out of my leg," Diemer said. "I have maybe ten or 15 holes all over my body. Some of the wounds are so bad that they couldn't stitch them."
Diemer says her neighbor's pit bull attacked her from behind in her yard. She says the attack lasted for three or four minutes, but she was afraid she wouldn't make it out.
"So I just fought," she said. "I hit it with my purse. I flung my shoe off, and then my boyfriend ran out and saved my life."
This is not Diemer's first run in with the dog. Last week she says he killed her cat. She has no intention of suing the pit bull's owner, but says she just wants them to take responsibility.
"I think that if the dog has been shown to be aggressive, then it should automatically be put down," Diemer said.
The owner says she feels awful about what happened and has no idea how the dog got out. After Diemer's cat was killed, Irma Negrete had planned to give the dog away, but after Sunday's attack, she says the pit bull will be put down.
"I love the dog, but I can't keep it," Negrete said. "I don't want to keep it. I see what it did and what it is capable of."
Diemer says she hopes her attack will show other pit bull owners just how aggressive the dogs can be.
"What about the next time?" she said. "The next time somebody else might not be so lucky."
Brunswick County Animal Control has cited the dog's owner failure to vaccinate, failure to wear tags and public nuisance and fined her $400.