05/14/13: Four Pit Bulls
ABC News 4 reports (video only) that family members of Carlton Freeman saw the four dogs pull him from his wheelchair and attempted to drag him into the woods. Family members said the four dogs were pit bulls. They also said that the terrible attack was especially hard because the owner of the dogs is also family. The victim’s wife of 35-years, Rita, told reporters, “All he wanted was that they catch those dogs before they hurt somebody else.”
05/14/13: Man Dies After Mauling
Harleyville, SC – The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office released information today about a dog attack that ended the life of a paralyzed man. According to Coroner Chris Nesbit, Carlton Freeman, 80-years old, was minding his own business while going down the side of the road in his motorized wheelchair when he was attacked by four dogs (breed identification was not provided). The incident happened on May 8 at Spring Branch and Dunnings Road in Harleyville. – DogsBite.org
factU.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 370 since 1998; the last year the CDC studied fatal dog attack data by breed. In the last 8-year period of the CDC study (1991 to 1998), pit bulls averaged 3 deaths per year. From 2011 to 2018, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 25.5 deaths per year, an increase of over 740%.