There were two recent pit bull attacks in South Carolina this week.
One attack left a woman dead and the second attack left a woman severely injured.
On Tuesday, Betty Anne Chapman Todd, 65, was found dead at her son’s home at approximately 8pm.
Ms. Todd had gone to her son’s home at approximately 5 pm to stay with her grandchildren, while her son and his wife went out for dinner. She had been around the dog before without any problems.
One of his daughters called him to tell him about the attack and evacuated the rest of the children, including a 17-month-old child, out of the house.
Officers arrived and found a black and white pit bull at the front door with blood on its mouth, chest and paws.
The pit bull became aggressive as authorities attempted to enter the residence.
The homeowner arrives shortly after and the dog went to a back bedroom of the home. Officers were then able to enter and found Todd lying motionless on the living room floor. She was dead from injuries sustained in the attack.
The second pit bull attack, also on Tuesday, left Dreamer Denise Rice, 44, hospitalized in serious condition.
She had been attacked in the street by three pit bulls, owned by Ray Willis Williams.
He didn’t know how the pit bulls got out and has received citations for not having proof of rabies vaccinations.
Police were able to pull two of the pit bulls off the unconscious woman and shot the third one when it turned on an officer.
The surviving pit bulls are under quarantine and their owner may face additional charges.
Why do people continue to keep these dangerous animals, especially when there are children around?
In the Todd case, the animal appeared to be a family pet that turned, it is not clear how the animals were treated that belong to Williams, however owning 3 dogs, of any breed, requires a skillful owner.
According to DogBites.org, pit bulls have killed 128 Americans between 2005 and 2011. That figure only includes deaths and not attacks.
You take a big risk if you choose to own a pit bull and, as these two tragic cases illustrate, they can be a danger to family, neighbors and even strangers