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Small Dog Dies and Woman Left Wounded After Two Large Dogs Attack, Owner Now Facing Charges

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Last month, 31-year-old Amanda Ingram of Palatine, Illinois, took her west highland white terrier, Casper, out for an evening walk.

At some point, they encountered a woman walking two large dogs, a pit bull mix and an Akita mix. The woman lost control of the dogs, and they both rushed Casper.

Ingram tried to protect her dog, using her own body to shield him. It did not stop the attacking pair.

“[I] picked him up and shielded him against the car, knowing that he was about to attack, and then another dog came,” Ingram told WMAQ-TV. “They were playing tug of war with him and at that point, I couldn’t stand anymore. So, I was on the ground.”

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Ingram walked away with scrapes, bruises and two broken fingers. Police took Casper to Golf Rose Animal Hospital, where he died.

“I was screaming out loud and no one was helping,” Ingram recalled. “I’m staying with family right now because I don’t want to stay over there. I can see exactly where it happened from where I live.”

“No one should have to see their child torn apart in front of them while they’re also being attacked,” Ingram added to WGN-TV.

Shortly after the two large dogs attacked Ingram and Casper, they set their sights on another walker and his small white dog. They attacked them, too, and that small dog was also taken to Golf Rose but is expected to recover.

It was around 6:50 when the police were called. They determined that the woman walking the dogs, 32-year-old Julia Paulino, failed “to secure the dogs on a proper collar,” which was at least partly why they were able to get away from her.

Paulino was arrested, charged with four counts of reckless conduct and released on a recognizance bond, according to WBBM-FM.

The owner of the two large dogs, 22-year-old Melenia Teodoro (who is related to Paulino), has been cited for 13 ordinance violations, which include citations for her dogs biting people, biting other animals and running at large.

Both Ingram and the other dog owner were taken to the Arlington Heights Northwest Community Hospital after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.

The pit bull mix and the Akita mix were taken to Golf Rose, where they are under observation.

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Ingram is pursuing a lawsuit. Mike Schostok of Salvi, Schostock & Pritchard is representing her and said that what Ingram went through is “unimaginable.”

“Her dog of 11 years was killed right before her eyes by two much larger dogs. I don’t know about you but that’s pretty unimaginable,” he said. “I can’t fathom having to go through that.

“They then went on to another victim — another innocent dog walker and his dog. That’s the most unique thing about this.”

Ingram hopes that this story and the resulting legal actions she’s taking will help solve a problem that many see in the area.

“There needs to be change,” she said. “This has been a continuous problem in this village, and nothing’s being done.

“So many people have reached out, saying they know this is a concern, and nothing has been done.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking