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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.


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  • Beth Tedder

    I want to invite anyone interested to join the fb group NC Dog Law Coalition. We are discussing and trying to write breed-neutral legislation to protect people from dogs AND to protect dogs from people. Consider joining and any of your friends who would be interested in helping us push this legislation when we get it all figured out. This is NOT a place to discuss any particular breed. It should not be a battle to keep children and pets safe from attacking dogs and it should not be a battle to deal with the aftermath. We want to make it easier by making several legislative changes and we need real stories from North Carolina residents who have had problems dealing with the system and anyone who thinks they have contacts, a talent, or an inclination to get involved in this.

  • Surg910

    Well, Poodle’s are known to be pretty big and vicious themselves..just saying. But you are completely right, I am a 20 year old owner of a 125 lb. blue nose bully pit and she is absolutely loveable. I recently found 7 mutt puppies on the side of a gas station and Raven has been acting as their mother since I brought them home, and she has actually been very gentle with two of my friends newborn children.
    Simply put, if you were locked in a cage, beaten, starved, neglected in any way you yourself may become callous and more “Raw”. We as humans however have a logical way of thinking and usually this does not happen, but lets not forget about those people who took multiple years of physical and mental abuse (such as that, that a pitbull may endure minus the cage) and some of the crazy and dispicable things they have done such as school shootings. We don’t say that all white’s, asain’s, black’s or whatever race/nationality did said tragedy is bad and should not be permitted to live so why should we play god and do so to a defenseless animal?

  • Jillian Anderson

    Do NOT blame the BREED!!! You blame the owner for their failure to attend to their pet in the appropriate manner. I am a pitbull owner and have been for years- they are amazing dogs- loyal and gentle- it is all about how you raise them. This dog should not have been killed, but taken from the owner and raised properly. People like this make me sick! Please make it law that she NEVER get another dog! Pitbull or poodle—she is a BAD OWNER!

  • Guest461

    …that when they do snap, they tend to rip a childs face completely off its skull, maiminig it forever or they gang up and rip flesh and bone until death. Their sheer strength and unpredictability leaves even the strongest human helpless. r u going 2 teech ur pitz how 2 text 2?

  • Tina Potter

    I have 3 pits myself and they r friendly as they can be. It is all the way u raise them. and If u let a child pick at them they r going to get mad. that is with any breed…. U never hear about rocks or dobys are any other breed attacking people it is just PIt bulls. They give that breed a bad name and it is not fair…

  • ashly

    It is the owners…. This is ashamed…

  • Guest123

    Frankly I blame the so called pitbull advocates for the problems that are happening with the breed. You sugar coat it’s inherent genetic tendencies towards aggression. If you do acknowledge it, it’s to leave out it’s aggression towards other animals. Maybe if you did like other breed advocates and list the traits of the breed, maybe fewer people would own one and the issues of attacks will lesson. An example: http://www.resteddoginn.ca/buyarott.php
    And of course it’s always to blame the owner and not the dog. Seems to me, it’s usually the dog doing the attack. If you feel the owners should be held responsible, why don’t you advocate for stricted laws? Until that happens, I will continue to advocate for anyone that has a pitbull living in it’s neighborhood to be locked and loaded.

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