Grandmother continues to be haunted by dog attack a year later

Posted at 10:34 AM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 12:34:20-04

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    FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) — It’s been a year since Karen Coleman was attacked by two of her neighbor’s pit bulls.

The physical scars have started to fade a bit, but the emotional ones, still run deep.

“Because there is so many flashbacks. I can’t look that way. Or just looking out at the street, I think about it, ” said dog attack victim, Karen Coleman

Coleman nearly lost her right eye, and needed 159 stitches to her head, legs arms and back after the attack.

It took place as she walked to church one Sunday morning in September 2017.

“It’s just like it happened yesterday, and then there is a occurrence because I have to cross the block on a daily basis to got to work, go to church, I have to cross that corner there,” said Coleman.

Coleman has been working with a therapist to deal with her anxiety that developed as result.

“I’m on medication, but today it’s not working, ” said Coleman.

She says her setback, is to due more dogs living at the home.

“He had puppies during the time the big dogs attacked me and they euthanized the adult dog, but he still had the babies. Now they’ve grown into adults and he still has those. says Coleman. “To walk past there and to know that he still has dogs there is traumatic, because I worry about other people walking.”

She’s not sure what to do, she says can’t move, and now she is constantly living in fear of another attack.

“I have Christ in my life, I thank God, for sparing it, and I just try to live with it and bare with whatever happens,” said Coleman.

ABC12 did speak with animal control and they tell us it is legal for the neighbor to have dogs because no criminal charges were filed.

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