An amputee was killed by dogs who descended on him as he sat in his wheelchair by the side of the road, a South Carolina corner found.
The Dorchester County corner’s office released information about the May 8 dog attack that left the paralyzed 80-year-old man dead. Corner Chris Nisbey said that Carlton Freeman was “minding his own business while going down side of road” when a pack of dogs suddenly set upon him.
The amputee was pulled out of his wheelchair by his legs and tried in vain to fight off the dogs, Nisbet said. Emergency workers were able to reach Freeman, but he died four days later in a hospital.
Nisbet said that the amputee killed by the dogs showed a considerable amount of fight, both before and after the attack.
“Upon my examination of Mr. Freeman, it is a wonder that this gentleman was able to hang on as long as he did,” said Nisbet in a press release. “He had bites and lacerations from his legs to the top of his head. This is very sad story, but even worse that Mr. Freeman was basically helpless to the attack, due to being a bi-lateral amputee.”
Local animal control officials found three of the dogs involved in the attack and said they’re looking for the fourth and have set traps in the woods for it. Neighbors said the dogs were roaming around the neighborhood for months and identified the possible owner of the animals.
The amputee was killed by the dogs just a few months after two other gruesome dog attacks earned national attention. Within a span of four days, two separate pitbull attacks — one in New Orleans that left a 54-year-old woman maimed and another in the Bronx where a child was the victim — became national news.