HICKORY GROVE, S.C. — York County deputies responded to a home in Hickory Grove after receiving a call about a dog attack on an elderly woman which lead to the seizing of 14 dogs.
The incident happened on Sawmill Road where the 71-year-old victim was found lying on the ground after being attacked by a pit bull terrier.
The deputies responded immediately by executing emergency first aid to the woman until EMS arrived.
According to police, the elderly victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Charlotte, N.C. for her injuries. The pit bull dog was seized by York County Animal Control.
After investigating it was found that the victim was helping a family member at their residence by tending to 14 dogs for the dog’s owner.
As the elderly woman was helping – one of the dogs got loose and attacked her as she was tending to the other dogs in the area.
Deputies discovered evidence of state violations of the dogs being improperly restrained, aggressive, and lacking adequate food, water, and shelter. In addition, code enforcement officers are also investigating the possibility the animals were used for fighting.
All 14 dogs were taken to York County Animal Control.
“This incident speaks to the viciousness and violent nature of raising animals for the purpose of fighting and unfortunately caused very serious and unnecessary harm to an innocent and unintended victim. This activity is cruel, unnecessary and criminal,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson in a news release.
There is no current information on the woman’s condition. The investigation is active and ongoing.