A South Carolina woman died late Thursday after being attacked in her front yard by her two dogs, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say 52-year-old Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke was “wrestling with her dogs in her front yard, before they turned on her and became aggressive,” according to a press release.
It happened shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday and a neighbor on Yale Street told police she managed to free Burgess-Dismuke from the dogs, said the release. Greenville County is about 100 miles northwest of Columbia.
“They were trying to kill her. One dog was on one arm eating it, and one was on the other arm eating it,” Burgess-Dismuke’s neighbor Amber Greer said in a WYFF report. “She was screaming bloody murder. ‘Help! Somebody help me. They’re attacking me.’ ”
To get them off of Burgess-Dismuke, neighbors Denzel Whiteside and William Long used an ax and a vehicle drive shaft, receptively, to beat the dogs, according to the Greenville News.
Deputies found the woman “suffering from severe injuries” and began applying bandages to her arms to stop the bleeding, said the release.
The coroner’s report says Burgess-Dismuke was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about seven hours after the attack. She “received multiple extremely severe dog bites to her upper extremities resulting in a large volume of blood loss.”
Burgess-Dismuke died after the attack when she went into cardiac arrest at the hospital, Greenville County Coroner Kent Dill said to the Washington Post.
“She was already so far gone,” Whiteside said, according to the Greenville News. “One arm was already bit completely off, the other arm was barely hanging on by a piece of meat.”
Radio station 106.3 Word reported the two dogs were captured by Greenville County Animal Control, which “described them as a boxer mix.”
The dogs were taken to Greenville County Animal Care where an spokesman said they were to be euthanized Friday, WYFF reported.