Skip to comments.Pit Bull Attacks, Kills 65-year-old Woman
Posted on 03/04/2010 8:31:42 PM PST by Chet 99
Updated: Mar 04, 2010 7:36 PM PST
By Logan Smith
LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A pit bull was euthanized in Lee County Thursday after it attacked and killed its owner's aunt, who had been caring for it while her nephew was out of town.
Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin said Ethel Baker Horton, 65, was killed off Stokes Bridge Road near the town of Lucknow while defending her 71-year-old husband, Jerry Horton, from the pit bull.
"You never think of somebody dying that horrible death like that, not someone as close as she is to us," said Brenda Gillespie, who had breakfast with the Hortons just two days ago. "It's just terrible."
The Hortons were dog-sitting their nephew's 10-year-old pit bull named Brutus while the nephew was out of town, Melvin said. The dog had been tied to a 15-foot chain attached to a stake in the ground in the backyard next door.
"I've always been scared of pit bulls, but they weren't scared of them," said Gillespie.
Around 11:40am Thursday, Jerry went out to feed six beagles and two huskies that were also being kept in the backyard. As Jerry was feeding the other dogs, Melvin said the pit bull pulled the chain loose and attacked Jerry.
Ethel ran out and tried to defend her husband with a plastic pipe, but Brutus turned on her and mauled her. Jerry called his son, who in turn called 911.
Ethel was killed in the attack, and Jerry was taken to Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville with non-life threatening injuries.
"I know this is gonna just be so hard on him if he makes it, because they were just as one," said Gillespie.
The pit bull has been taken away and euthanized, and is being tested for rabies. The as-yet-unidentified nephew has been notified of the incident, but it's unclear if he will face charges.
The sheriff's department says Brutus never acted out before and in fact, the Hortons were familiar with him since he was a puppy.
"If any stranger comes around he may bark or anything like that but any other family member that's close to the dog, anybody can go up to him," said Major Daniel Simon. "That's what the family told me."
"It's very devastating, because if you're expecting someone to pass away that's not as bad," said Gillespie. "But for something like this, it's kind of hard to comprehend."
Pit bull attacks are not exactly uncommon in the Midlands, even when they don't result in death. In April 2009, different dogs attacked a Florence woman and a Sumter 10-year-old within a month of each other. The previous fall, a pit bull attacked a woman and her puppy, injuring her and killing her dog.
But fatal attacks have also taken place in the Midlands, mainly on children. In 2007, a father was charged with involuntary manslaughter when his five pit bulls killed his 22-month-old child. Later that year, a two-year-old was attacked and killed after wandering into the fenced-in backyard.
People and animals killed by dogs that just don’t happen to fit chet99’s prejudice against pit bulls.
There was another poster who use to only post pitbull threads too.
TANKS for the thread,Chet,,,
For lack of a bullet,,,
Some folks will never learn I guess...
Statistics are more effective.
all the pit bull apologists here.. only thing that makes them sad about this story is this killer pit bull was put down.
You’d be more likely to expect the pit bull to protect you than to have to be shot.
10 years is more elderly for a dog than for a cat. Pet personalities can change drastically in a short amount of time due to endocrine problems or brain lesions.
My property is a pit bull free zone. With a family dog AND a 5-month old son who will sooner or later be walking, running, and playing in the back yard, if I see a
pit bull moving target on my property, it gets a round put into it.
If people knew how many pits Ive put down out in the county, their heads would explode. If they aren’t on a leash or in a yard, I use my suppressed camp carbine to put them down....I’d do the same if I saw a rattlesnake in an urban area.
Well of course! Because if other dogs attack and kill people then pit bulls are just as safe as any other dog... right up until the statistics are reviewed, that is.
Here's a straw man for you!
I enjoy the irony of its dual application - once for your argument, and once for you. Sing it!
Graffiti on a pit bull LOL
So you think you’re a mind reader? I think you’re just a dipweed. ;-)
“The dog had been tied to a 15-foot chain...”
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