A Harleyville man passed away on Sunday from injuries he received in a dog attack. The Dorchester County Coroner's Office says 80-year-old Carlton Freeman was riding in a wheelchair at Spring Branch and Dunnings Road on May 8th when he said four dogs attacked him. Freeman suffered bites and cuts from his legs to the top of his head. He died four days later at Trident Hospital.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office interviewed witnesses who told them the dogs have been roaming around the neighborhood for months. Deputies tracked the dogs' owner—a woman who lives at the end of Dunnings Road. Animal Control officers spoke to the dogs' owner who said she owned three of the four dogs involved in the attack; a mother and its two puppies. Officers captured the mother and two puppies. The dogs had traces of blood on their fur. The fourth dog is still loose in the woods. Officers have set up traps to catch it.
Carlton Freeman was conscious when EMS workers found him the day of the attack. He told EMS that he was pulled from his wheelchair by his legs as he tried to fight off the dogs. "Upon my examination of Mr. Freeman, it is a wonder that this gentleman was able to hang on as long as he did. He had bites and lacerations from his legs to the top of his head. This is a very sad story, but even worse that Mr. Freeman was basically helpless to the attack, due to being a bi-lateral amputee," said Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbett.
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