The Union County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on 1st Avenue in Indian Trail around 4:15 a.m. and arrived to find the homeowner, injured and outside of the house, with another man lying helplessly on the living room floor with the dogs still attacking him.
The homeowner attempted to stop the attack but was bitten so he called 911.
Deputies tried to use a catch pole to stop the dogs but one was bitten so deputies shot them both dead.
“This gentleman inside could have been killed. At the time they responded he was pretty much defenseless at this point, so they did everything they could to get the dog off of him,” Tony Underwood with the Union County Sheriff’s Office told WSOC.
The office said in a statement that the primary victim was “viciously attacked” and “seriously injured” by the pit bulls.
The homeowner, who suffered a bite to his left arm, and the other man, who suffered numerous bites to his face and head, were rushed to a nearby hospital. The deputy was treated for a minor bite and released.
Neighbor Graham Linger claimed the pit bulls were friendly and investigators said it’s not clear what prompted the vicious attack.
Deputies assigned to the Union County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division responded and removed both deceased dogs from the scene while Crime Scene Search Investigators were called to the residence to document the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
No one involved has been identified as of yet.
Woman Attacked Dogs in California on Life Support
A California woman is in the hospital on life support after being attacked by three dogs on Dec. 15, family members and friends have said.
Angela Johnson is hospitalized at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, a GoFundMe page to help Johnson and her husband said, reported the Mercury News. The three dogs, described by the Riverside County Animal Services as pit bulls or pit bull mixes, attacked Johnson as she was hanging laundry on her property.
Detectives do not believe the dogs were intentionally set on Johnson but they are still investigating, Lt. Zach Hall said Dec. 19. The owner of the animals violated a leash law, which could result in a citation, Animal Services officials said.
Tim Platt, Johnson’s son, said he was told that he has to make the decision to leave his critically injured mother on life support or to allow doctors to remove her from the machines keeping her alive, MyValleyNews reported.
“I was asked to let my mother die today, by doctors and family,” Platt said on Dec. 17. “Everyone tried to convince me today to just let her die as one side of her brain swelled into the other side. But I just could not let my mother go.”
“The dogs basically ate my mom alive, ripping out a main artery in her throat, causing a severe stroke to the left side of her brain, leaving her half brain-dead,” Platt said, describing the attack.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
From NTD News