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1/16/2013 5:14:00 PM
Girl attacked by pit bull

GREENWOOD, SC – A 6-year-old girl was reportedly attacked by a pit bull on Belle Oaks Drive just before 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. It is the second attack by a pit bull in Greenwood County in the last week. The first one left a woman dead after she was attacked by a pit bull while babysitting her grandchildren.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched to 119 Dowling Circle in response to an animal bite. The victim’s father told deputies he and his daughter were out walking and riding bikes when they came across an older male walking two dogs, one of which was a pit bull, at the intersection of Belle Pines Drive and Belle Oaks Drive West.

According to the report, the victim’s father asked the man if the dogs were friendly and the man replied that they were. The victim’s father then petted the pit bull on the head without incident. When the daughter laid her bike down, the pit bull lunged at her, biting her on the ear. The victim’s father hit the dog in the head, at which time the dog released the girl’s ear and bit her foot. The victim’s father again hit the pit bull on the head repeatedly until it released its grasp on his daughter’s foot.

The report states that the victim’s father then began caring for his daughter and the man with the dogs walked off. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and located the two dogs at a home on Belle Oaks Drive. The man that was walking the dogs told deputies that the pit bull he was walking did bite a child. The only explanation he offered according to the report, was, “the dog remembers faces.”

The owner of the dogs did not have vaccination records for the animals, but told deputies that they had been properly vaccinated at the mobile Pet Vacc in May.

Two witnesses told deputies that the man walking the dogs did not attempt to pull the dog off of the girl either time it bit her.

The girl was taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Healthcare to receive treatment for her injuries.

GCSO is investigating the incident. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: j teller

You guys might wana take this one to Judge Judy! i dont think Jerry Springer will be able to resolve your problem like he did the last time you had a dilemma...

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: s. shantal

Well i dont understand how the dog felt frighten or felt like it or its owner was in any danger when all the girl did was put down her bike. but ok...smh!

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: nicole byrd

I am the little girls mother and that was right what was written. It's gotten way off subject of what the article is about. Kaylynne is recovering great and thank you everyone who has had us in their thoughts and prayers.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: milam byrd

First let me say, Darion no one is saying that Zeus is a bad dog. The thing is though, if he's done it once he will do it again. As history has shown this isn't his first attack. Right? Second, as the girl's uncle, I dont blame the dog at all. I blame the person who had the leash. The person who either didn't have the sense to pull the dog off, or the strength. And judging by the comment you wrote I would say it's the latter of the two. So my "argument", which by the way is the correct spelling, is that it's not the dog or snake or rodent at fault when an attack like this occurs. The owner, or care taker, is the one that is obligated to make sure the animal doesn't become a threat to anyone. Don't own an animal like a pit bull because you think it makes you look cool. If you can't handle your pet responsibly chances are you shouldn't have it. So what I think everyone is trying to say is that we don't blame the animal, we blame the ignorant people who own them for the wrong reasons.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: sandy willis

All pits are not bad dogs. It depends on the breeding and raising of the dog. I have pits..and I love my dogs. They've never been aggressive with anyone! BUT on the other hand..If my house is broken into AGAIN..I hope they tear the person that breaks in to pieces!


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