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1/9/2013 1:17:00 AM
Woman dies after being attacked by dog
The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Greenwood County EMS and the Greenwood County Coroner's Office responded to the scene of a dog attack that left one woman dead on Tuesday night. (Photo by Michael W Davis)
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The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Greenwood County EMS and the Greenwood County Coroner's Office responded to the scene of a dog attack that left one woman dead on Tuesday night.
(Photo by Michael W Davis)
Brian King
Staff Writer

HODGES, SC – A woman died after she was bitten by a dog just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office and Greenwood County EMS responded to 801 E Grumling Road in Hodges at about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday night after receiving a 911 call about a dog bite. Shortly thereafter, first responders requested a representative of the Coroner’s Office.

According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, Betty Ann Chapman Todd, 65, was bitten in the upper torso area by a dog owned by another family member. Cox also said that Todd apparently died as a result of the bite. An autopsy will be performed in Anderson on Wednesday.

Officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office say that the dog appears to be a pit bull and attacked Todd inside her son's Grumling Road residence. The animal was secured and taken to the Greenwood County Humane Society.

Officials could not say whether or not the attack was abnormal behavior for the dog, nor how long the family has owned the animal. 



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Henderson

Yeah, if a "weiner dog" attacks at least you can protect yourself...not so much if your pit bull attacks. Size and strenght of the animal is everything here.

"My dog never bites" until it does and then it may be too late.

I, too, would like to know what set off this animal.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Kathleen Proctor

This is very tragic and im praying for this family but I have a pit bull and she's very sweet I've had lots of pits and none of them were mean so it's not the breed. This could have been any dog at all. my mother in law has a wiener dog and he's bitten a few ppl and my pits have never bitten any one and dont think im not sorry for what happened because i am but any time a pit bull is involed ppl really blow it out of portion so please dont think that all pit bulls are mean because thats not the facts they are some of the sweetest dogs you can have. the humane soicety sent out a news letter about how pits have such a bad name but there good dogs to have there just protective animal as are many dogs

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Janet Butler

My heart goes out to this family.It is such a sad situation. How many injuries and how many deaths does it take for people to see that these dogs are dangerous? I would never in a million years have a pit bull around my grandchildren!

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Riggins

I'm so sorry that this family has to deal with such a tragedy. My son has a pit bull and it seems to be a loving animal. I'd like to know more details about the attack. Did she scare the dog when entering the house? Was she playing with it? At any rate, this is tragic!

Mack, don't bring politics into this. That's very low class!


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Dianne (Langley) Tucker

How sad for all, extending prayers for this family. I'm sure it had to be something totally unexpected for this to happen, or the dog wouldn't have had access to anyone, especially the boys mother..You never know what's going on with a dog when they suddenly attack someone or another animal..
It's hard to reason why a dog would attack anything, especially another human being, if they were raised to love rather than fight..



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