The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said that two dogs attacked a woman on Sunday. One of the dogs was killed, and now the search is on for the other.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release Monday that deputies responded to a call at 6 a.m. about a woman being attacked by dogs. Near the Sumter intersection of U.S. 76/U.S. 378/Robert E. Graham Freeway and the 900 block of U.S. 401/Oswego Highway, where the woman was yelling, you could hear her.
The release says that deputies found two dogs attacking the woman in a ditch. The sheriff’s office said that when the deputy yelled, one of the dogs ran away, but the second dog let the victim go and then turned to attack the deputy, who had to shoot and kill it.
Deputies Are Trying to Find the Owner
The woman, whose name has not been made public, was badly hurt and taken to a nearby hospital, the release said. There was no more information about her health.
There were no other injuries.
Even though animal control was called to help look for the dog that got away, the sheriff’s office said the dog hasn’t been found yet.
The tweet below confirms 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
According to the release, deputies are going to homes in the area to try to find out who owns the dogs. There was no information about the possible fees that the owners might have to pay.
There was no information about the dog, like what breed it was or if it was a mix. No one knew what happened to the woman before she was attacked.
There was no way to know if the dog was a pet or part of a roaming pack. After the attack, the sheriff put the blame on the people who own the pets.
“This can be stopped and can’t go on. Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in the release that dogs shouldn’t be free to roam around. “People who love their pets should not only give them water, food, and a place to live, but they should also keep them in a humane way. We ask people to call animal control if they see a dog running free.”
Call the sheriff’s office at 803-436-2000 if you know anything about the dog or its owner. The sheriff’s office said that if a dog that is thought to be dangerous is running free, people should stay away from it and call 911.
Calling 803-436-2066 will get you in touch with Sumter County Animal Control.
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