A Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputy was forced to shoot and kill a pit bull Tuesday morning after it attacked a female victim before charging the deputy, according to authorities.
Sheriff Jim Matthews said a deputy was responding to a residence on Watts Hill Circle in Elgin following a report that a female victim was bitten by a pit bull. The victim was already being treated by Kershaw County emergency medical services when the deputy arrived on scene.
Matthew said the victim told authorities she was on her morning walk down her road when a grey pit bull charged her. She said the dog began walking around her while snarling and growling. As the victim began to back away from the dog, it charged her and bit her above the ankle.
According to the victim, the dog held on to her leg for 15-20 seconds before letting go.
The deputy walked over the area where the victim said she was attacked in order to locate the dog and its owner. At that time, the grey pit bull charged the deputy, Matthews said.
The deputy began to yell at the dog in an attempt to scare it, but the dog continued its charge. The deputy then drew his service weapon when the animal was 15 feet away and shot it in the chest and leg, stopping the attack, according to Matthews.
Kershaw County Animal Control arrived on scene and removed the animal from the scene. At the owner’s request the dog was destroyed.
The incident is the second pit bull-related in Kershaw County in under a week.
The first report of a pit bull-related attack occurred on Sunday when a woman was forced to shoot and kill a pit bull who fatally attacked her dog. According to an incident report, the dog attempted to attack the woman, following her into her home through a “doggy door” before the woman eventually fired several shots at the dog, killing it.