An amputee was killed by dogs in Harleyville, S.C., and WCIV shared the details on May 14. Carlton Freeman was attacked by a pack of pit bull dogs and dragged from his wheelchair, and now the coroner’s office has released details about the horrifying death.
Freeman, 80, was a bi-lateral amputee at the knees. It is said he tried to fight the dogs, but he was brutally attacked by a pack of dogs that have been roaming the neighborhood on-and-off for months. The incident happened on May 8, and Freeman died on May 12. The coroner says he had lacerations and bites “from his legs to the top of his head.” Family members saw Freeman attacked as he was riding his motorized wheelchair down the road. They tried to intervene as the pack of pit bulls tried to drag him into the woods, but they were unable to save him.
Animal control has captured three of the dogs, but there is a fourth they have yet to find. Neighbors were able to identify who they believed owns the dogs, and Barbara Goodwin said she does own three of them. The mother dog and two puppies were Goodwin’s, while the male dog was apparently not hers. The female and two puppies did have blood in their fur when taken by authorities. The male is hiding in the woods, and authorities have set up traps to try to capture it.
Authorities are still working on the case, and it is not yet clear if any charges will be filed. Apparently Carlton Freeman indicated before his death that he did not want to see anybody charged over the tragic incident. A service for the amputee killed by dogs will take place Saturday in Harleyville.
*It is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff