A Bluffton woman told police she and her Chihuahua were attacked Monday morning by another woman's loose dog, the police department reported.
According to the police report, Toni Beard said she was walking her dogs, including a Chihuahua named Artie, near her Sugar Maple Street home in a grassy area near some woods. Another woman, identified in the report as Denise Sedmak, was walking her own dog, named Sammy, nearby. Sammy purportedly escaped Sedmak's control, grabbed Beard's dog in its mouth "and began thrashing around," the report said. The police report referred to the dog as a pitbull, although the Beards said they believe it is a bull mix.
Beard was thrown to the ground and wound up under the larger dog, which continued to attack Artie. According to a report of the incident by WJCL, the larger dog dragged all three of them -- the woman and her two dogs -- into the woods.
The second of Beard's two dogs was able to run away, but she had to fight Sammy to get Artie out its mouth, she told WJCL. The officer's report said Artie's blood was spattered on Beard, who also said she suffered scratches and possibly was bitten, the report said.
Two neighbors who witnessed the incident told the reporting officer that they were both putting their children into cars when Sammy first escaped Sedmak's control. The women said they heard Sedmak tell the children to run. Later, one said the dog "attacked" her vehicle and the other said it scratched at hers.
Sedmak reported to police that her dog was being playful and is not aggressive with people.
The report goes on to say the officer visited the home where Sedmak keeps her dog some of the time, which belongs to her niece. The officer noted in the report the dog escaped from the home twice during his interview with Sedmak, and that because "she had no verbal control of Sammy," he collected the dog and placed it in his cruiser.
The dog was put in the custody of Beaufort County Animal Control.
Artie was taken to a local vet, then referred to a Savannah animal hospital for treatment of his wounds, according to WJCL.
The Beards have set up a GoFundMe.com account for the dog to help raise money for his veterinary care.