JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year-old woman was attacked by a bulldog on Johns Island early Friday morning.
Deputies responded to the area of Traywick Avenue near Dunwick Avenue around 1:15 a.m. in reference to an animal bite. Authorities then saw a woman laying face down in the roadway and bleeding from her right forearm.
The victim's boyfriend said that they were both walking down Traywick Avenue when a brown bulldog came out of the woods, started barking and then jumped up and "chomped" down on the victim's right forearm.
The man said he had to punch the dog several times to get the dog to release its hold on the victim. According to the man, he was able to get the dog off the victim and in the process, his right middle knuckle was bit.
Authorities say the dog's owner came out of the home and secured the dog inside his house.
A sheriff's office report says a deputy saw where the dog was originally tied up and observed that the dog was able to break free of his chains and attack the woman.
The dog's owner told deputies that people like to tease his dog when they are walking down the roadway and that the couple "may have been doing that." The owner provided deputies with the dog's vaccination paperwork and said the dog was up to date with shots.
The victim's mother said because of the attack, her daughter had to have several hours of surgery, had 35 lacerations and was transported to St. Francis hospital.
Investigators say no charges have been filed.