Pit bull owner charged after attack on woman

Woody is under quarantine at home. (Source: CCSO)
Woody is under quarantine at home. (Source: CCSO)

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has charged the owner of a pit bull who attacked a 37-year-old woman walking with her boyfriend on Johns Island last Friday.

Major Jim Brady said 54-year-old Garvin Ernest Lee Jr. was charged with "animal at large" for the incident which happened in the area of Traywick Avenue near Dunwick Avenue at 1:18 a.m. on July 27.

The victim was bitten on the right arm after the dog apparently broke free of its chain, Brady said. The victim's boyfriend said he had to punch the dog several times to get the dog to release its hold on the victim.

The victim's mother said last week that her daughter suffered 35 lacerations in all, and needed several hours of surgery.

The pit bull named "Woody" was found to be up to date on all required shots, Brady said. The dog has been quarantined at Lee's house since the incident.

Lee 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."

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 15 at 2 p.m.

Editor's note: The article previously identified the owner as 23-year-old Robert E. Lee after that information was provided by officials.  However, Robert E. Lee is actually the son of the owner.

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