A Buncombe County woman says she could have been killed by a dog attack Monday evening.
Christy Palucha suffered severe injuries when a pit bull bit her on the leg and face while she was walking near her home at the North View Mobile Home Park near Weaverville.
The dog ripped open an eyelid and mangled her ear.
She could have bled to death from a gash on her neck if the dog had bitten her an inch lower.
She says she's lucky she didn't lose her eye, and wonders why anyone would keep such a dangerous animal.
She is recovering from surgery to repair the injuries.
The dog's owner says it escaped through a window in his trailer, and ran down a bank to the street where Palucha was walking.
He pulled the dog off Palucha, and says it is gentle and plays with his grandson.
But he says he would voluntarily allow Animal Control officers to put down the dog because of the attack.