Couple hurt, pet killed in Greenville dog attack


Officials gave the order to euthanize two dogs that injured a couple and killed another dog in an attack in Greenville.  

Police say the couple was taken to the hospital after the attack on Thursday morning. 

While the couple is expected to be okay, their daughter tells 7News her mom is back in the ER and her dad is in a lot of pain. She said the family’s dog, “Max,” did not make it. 

Hattie Mcgee and her Chihuahua, Picky, were enjoying the sunshine on Thursday afternoon. But McGree tells 7News you won’t usually find them strolling through the neighborhood where the dog attack happened. 

“I don’t hardly walk her all the time,” Mcgee said. 

Mcgee said her neighborhood is full of large and scary dogs.

“[You said that] there’s a lot of mean dogs that live around here?” asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“Right there behind you,” Mcgee pointed. 

“Is that scary for you?” asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“Yeah,” Mcgee said. “They’ll bite you… some [of those] pit bulls.” 

Mcgee said it came as no surprise to her that two dogs attacked a couple just down the street from where she lives. 

“Some stay right there, mean dogs too,” Mcgee said. 

Greenville Police said the couple was walking their dog, Max, down Trescott Street when two pit bull mixes got loose and ran towards the couple near W. Washington Street. Police say that’s when the woman picked up her pet and moments later the two dogs attacked them. 

The woman, 66, suffered serious injuries to her left arm and the man, 70, suffered minor injuries to his hands, according to police. 

The family dog did not survive the attack.

The pit bull-mixes were held in isolation at Greenville County Animal Care facility for most of Thursday.  A spokesperson for Greenville County said the dogs were euthanized later that day.

Mcgee agreed with the decision to euthanize the dogs. 

“Yeah, if those dogs bite, they are supposed to,” she said.

Police are still trying to find the owners of the two pit bull mixes. Once the owners are identified, charges will likely be brought against them.

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