CHEROKEE Co., SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a fight between neighbors led to a man being attacked by several dogs near Cowpens.
Cherokee County deputies say the dog attack happened Wednesday morning on Crenshaw Road.
Deputies were called to the scene just after 9:30 a.m. for a report of a dog attacking a man.
When deputies arrived, they found three people had been attacked by five to six dogs.
Sheriff Steve Mueller says a man who lives behind the home where the attack happened, was shooting a BB gun at the dogs before the attack.
“Then he came over onto their property and got into a verbal confrontation with a person and the dogs began to bite him,” Mueller said. “Once he fell to the ground they continued biting and pretty much mauling him.”
The sheriff says a woman jumped in to help get the dogs off the man, but she was also bitten. The two were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be OK.
Mueller says the man will likely face a slew of charges.
“All the way up to animal cruelty,” he said.
Mueller says the incident should serve as a reminder to others not to let a disagreement get out of hand.
“We tell folks the easiest thing to do if you are having an issue with your neighbor, is separate yourself from them. Call law enforcement. Let us come in and mediate,” Mueller told 7News.
The dogs’ owner was charged with not having rabies tags for her dogs.
Deputies said there were more than 20 dogs on the property.
The dogs involved in the attack have been quarantined.
“The dogs have been quarantined by DHEC to make sure there is no rabies,” Mueller said.