According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, two dogs mauled a woman on Sunday, and one of the canines is still missing after the other was put to death.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a report of a woman being attacked by dogs at around 6 a.m. Around the intersection of U.S. 76/U.S. 378/Robert E. Graham Freeway and the 900 block of U.S. 401/Oswego Highway in Sumter, the woman could be heard screaming.
According to the press statement, deputies discovered two dogs attacking the victim in a ditch. One dog escaped when a deputy yelled, but the second dog freed the victim and turned to charge the deputy, forcing him to shoot and kill it, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the announcement, the woman, who has not been officially recognized, was seriously hurt and transferred to a local hospital. There was no more information on her condition.
There Were No Other Recorded Injuries
The dog has not yet been located, according to the sheriff’s office, despite the fact that animal control was contacted to assist in the search.
According to the press release, deputies are visiting local residences in an effort to locate the canines’ owner or owners. There was no information provided on any charges the owners might be subject to.
There was no information about the dog’s breed or mix, nor was there a description. The events that preceded the woman’s attack were unknown.
The tweet below verifies the news:
Deputies killed one dog while animal control is searching for the other that severely injured a woman, the sheriff’s office said. https://t.co/vDrt6tCXjQ
— The State Newspaper (@thestate) April 10, 2023
The existence of the dog as a pet or as a member of a roving pack was unknown. The sheriff put the onus on pet owners after the attack.
“This is terrible and preventable. Dogs must not be permitted to roam freely, the sheriff added in the statement. “People who care for their pets should keep them humanely bound in addition to providing them with food, water, and shelter. We kindly ask the public to contact animal control if they see any pets running loose.
Call the sheriff’s office at 803-436-2000 if you have any information regarding the dog or its owner. The public is strongly advised to stay away from a dog that is thought to be dangerous and to call 911, according to the sheriff’s office.
Contact Sumter County Animal Control at 803-436-2066.
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