A 73-year-old woman was seriously injured recently when she was bitten by a neighbor’s dog.
The incident report related to the attack states that the woman suffered a severe laceration that went to the bone on her right upper arm. The report also indicated that she had puncture wounds elsewhere on her body.
Police deputies said when they talked to the owner of the dog, he told them that he shot and killed his dog immediately after the woman was bitten.
In a statement issued to South Carolina media, the owners said that they are very sorry about the attack adn very concerned about the victim.
They said that the victim’s husband used to give the dog, which is an English bulldog, treats, but due to a recent incident in which the dog had jumped on the victim’s pet, the victim’s family had asked that it be restrained.
The animal was kept on a chain, the owners said, but managed to wiggle free, and that is how the woman fell prey to the dog attack.
The injured woman’s nephew said his aunt had five hours of surgery to repair damage to her face, arms and legs, and she was stable in the intensive care unit Monday afternoon.
The dog’s remains will be tested by the Department of Health and Environmental Control, though the owners say the dog was up-to-date on shots.
“The biggest thing is we want to make sure a full, thorough investigation is done, because we as the family have so many questions and don’t have the answers to,” said the victim’s nephew. “If charges or whatever needs to be brought forward, we want to see that is is taken care of to the fullest extent of the law.”
The owner has been charged under a law that regulates dangerous animals.
Laurens County officials said that investigators are focusing on the section of the law that deals with “allowing a dangerous animal to go unconfined” and “allowing a dangerous animal to go off property and causing injury to humans.”
Dog attacks can leave victims with lasting injury. If you were the victim of a dog attack or your child was bitten by a dangerous dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and emotional trauma.
The South Carolina lawyers at Harris & Graves are here to help.