A homeowner was forced to shoot and kill a pit bull after it attacked her smaller dog and then followed her into her house through a “doggy door” Sunday.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies responded to a home in Elgin just before noon Sunday and found a dead pit bull and her seriously wounded small dog in the kitchen.
The woman told deputies the pit bull, who was being taken care of by a neighbor, came into her yard and began attacking her dog who was fenced in on her deck.
Matthews said the woman retrieved a firearm from her home and began shooting in order to break up the attack.
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But, the pit bull turned on her, however, the woman was able to defend against the attack with a chair, according to Matthews. She then went into her home, but the pit bull was able to get inside through a “doggy door.”
Matthews said the woman, who was in fear for her own safety and the safety of her other small dogs, shot the pit bull several times, killing it.
The small dog who was involved in the initial attack was seriously wounded and the woman asked deputies if they could “put it out of its misery,” according to Matthews.
Matthews said the deputies complied with the request and then buried her small dog for her. The victim did not report any injuries in the attack.
The woman's neighbor told deputies the pit bull had been left in his care while his sister, the pit bull’s owner, was living in Hawaii.
The Kershaw County Animal Control issued citations against the pit bull’s caretaker in the amount of $1,500, according to Matthews.