Palatine dog bite victim’s lawyer examines possible lawsuit
A complaint could soon be filed by a palatine woman after being bitten by two dogs near her home on May 24, with the attack resulting in the death of her dog.
Law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, PC has been selected to represent Amanda Ingram, 31, who has not only suffered injuries herself, but is now mourning the death of her West Highland white terrier Casper.
At approximately 6:50 p.m. on May 25, Ingram, who works for Palatine Elementary School Dist. 15 as a psychologist, left home and was walking Casper on a leash in block 200 of W. Washington Street near Stuart R. Paddock School, when she and Casper were allegedly attacked by a pit bull mix and a Akita mix.
According to lawyer Brian Salvi, Ingram was seriously injured while trying to protect her dog from the attack. Salvi said Ingram suffered broken fingers that could lead to surgery, scrapes and severe burns to his knees, shoulders and elbows from rubbing on the concrete during the scrum, and puncture wounds that resulted in an amount significant amount of blood loss.
Julia Paulino, 32, of Block 200 of W. Johnson Street, Palatine, was walking the two dogs, police said. Police said the pit bull and Akita got out of Paulino’s control, charged and attacked Casper and Ingram.
After Ingram was able to get to safety with his dog, the pit bull and Akita made eye contact with another small white dog being walked on a leash by a male owner, police said. The pit bull and Akita then charged and allegedly attacked the second dog and bit the male owner as he attempted to defend himself. The pit bull and Akita were eventually brought back under control and handed over to Paulino.
The Palatine Fire Department responded, treated and transported Ingram and the other man with a bite to the Northwest Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Ingram was released a few hours later. Casper was transported to Golf Rose Animal Hospital by the Palatine Police where the dog subsequently died.
The second dog was also transported for bites and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.
“This whole ordeal lasted about seven minutes and in less than seven minutes she (Ingram) secured a front row seat to her 10 year old dog murdered by two very aggressive dogs that were much bigger than hers,” he said. said Salvi.
The pit bull and Akita were both up to date with their rabies vaccinations, police added, but Salvi has yet to receive any documentation to prove this is a fact.
Paulino was then charged with four counts of reckless driving for allegedly failing to tie the dogs to a proper collar, which facilitated the attacks.
Paulino’s relative, Meleina Teodoro, 22, also from W. Johnson’s 200 block in the Palatine, who owns the dogs, has been cited for 13 order violations related to the attack. The charges included running dogs, bites from people and bites from other animals.
Paulino is scheduled to appear in a Rolling Meadows courthouse at 9 a.m. on July 1. Teodoro will appear in the Police Department’s Court, 595 N. Hicks Rd., Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on June 30.
Salvi said a lawsuit has yet to be filed, adding that he and his legal team must complete their investigation into the insurance coverage and the position taken by the defendants.
“If they take the position of admitting fault, it may not be necessary to take legal action,” he said, adding that he would probably have a better idea of the legal direction. that they would take in the next 60 to 90 days. “We love our dogs, but at the end of the day, they’re animals with potentially unpredictable behavior. Owners should be aware of these things and control their animals. When owners fail in this regard, they must be held accountable. “
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