Zoey Green was savagely mauled by a 110-pound pit bull in March 2017 and suffered catastrophic facial injuries.
CRESTVIEW — The family of a Crestview girl who was brutally attacked by a pit bull two years ago has settled a pair of lawsuits in connection with the attack.
Paige Woody, the girls' mother who was also injured in the attack, confirmed that lawsuits filed against the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society and animal control officer Kevin Schoeneman in August 2018 went to mediation July 11 and the settlements were approved on Sept. 5.
Woody’s daughter, Zoey Green, then 5 years old, was attacked by a 110-pound pit bull at the home of a Crestview family on March 25, 2017. The pit bull grabbed the child by her face and dragged her into the yard, where the attack continued.
Zoey lost an eyelid, suffered a broken jaw and had to essentially have her face put back together with hundreds of stitches and staples. Woody was also injured while trying to rescue her daughter and received 28 staples and stitches for her injuries.
Woody was at the house to learn about how to care for the family’s pit bulls for a pet-sitting job. The pit bull who attacked Zoey was euthanized several weeks later.
Woody and Zoey were in Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, where Zoey will undergo more surgery for her injuries. The trips to Galveston, which have been numerous, can last 2-3 days or two weeks, depending on what needs to be done.
“I can’t talk about the amount we settled for but I will say that we went through four attorneys before Dave Swanick took over ... and if it wasn’t for that we wouldn’t have anything, because not only did the insurance company (for PAWS) have to pay, but PAWS had to pay as well.”
“It’s difficult to answer if we’re satisfied with the outcome because things will never be the same for any of us,” Woody said. “But at least it’s enough to maintain taking (Zoey) to Galveston for surgeries until she’s done growing. I’m happy to know that when she hits milestone ages she’ll be able to go to college and have lump sums of money if she needs plastic surgery in the future."
“I can only reply that both lawsuits have been resolved,” PAWS Director Dee Thompson said.
The lawsuits sought at least $1 million in damages. They alleged that Schoeneman and PAWS were the legal cause of the “horrific and catastrophic” injuries suffered by Zoey, and pointed to a July 2015 incident as evidence.
According to the lawsuit, the same pit bull who attacked Zoey “aggressively attacked, endangered, and bit several persons” and a cockapoo at a local veterinary clinic in 2015. The attack ended only when someone grabbed a knife and stabbed the pit bull in the neck.
Had Schoeneman and PAWS fully investigated the attack at the clinic, the lawsuit stated, the pit bull would have been deemed “dangerous” and the second attack would have never occurred.
Along with her physical injuries, Zoey also suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and attends therapy sessions once a week.
“She’s got tons of different emotions, and I think part of that, understandably, is anger,” said Woody. “She is finally starting to discuss some of what happened, but I know she doesn’t like to talk about how she feels very much.”