Colleton County woman airlifted after dog attack

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:36 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 12:36 PM EST
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WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCSC) - A 71-year-old woman was critically injured after being attacked by a pitbull in Colleton County, Colleton Fire Rescue officials say.

The woman was found in the backyard of a home on Rivers Street Saturday afternoon with multiple injuries and one arm almost amputated, according to Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy. The Walterboro Police Department said the dog and victim resided at the same home.

Law enforcement secured the scene and tried to control the woman’s bleeding. Firefighter-Paramedics then arrived, treated her in the backyard, then placed her on a CARE Flight helicopter, McRoy said.

The helicopter took her to Colleton Medical Center, where she stopped breathing shortly after arriving. Fire-Rescue Crews and the Flight Crew were able to restore her breathing.

The crews then flew her to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

Officials with the the Walterboro Police Department say they got involved after responding to a home on the 300 block of Rivers Street for an active dog attack. The report states that the victim was lying face down in the back yard with several “extremely severe” dog bites and injuries to both forearms.

According to police, the dog that attacked the victim resides with the family at the home.

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