GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – The family of a woman who was mauled by a dog this week in Gaffney said she suffered hundreds of puncture wounds and remains in the hospital.
7News talked to her family in Cherokee County about her recovery and also their plea for justice.
The family said Felicia Hall, the 61-year-old victim of the dog attack, was in surgery Wednesday for roughly 12 hours.
She faces a long road to recovery and while they didn’t mention legal action they did say just because the dog is dead doesn’t mean they feel justice has been served.
”This is all bite marks on her back, bites and bruises,” Pam Hall said, as she showed us the pictures of her mother in law, images too disturbing to show the public.
“I didn’t know it was that bad until I actually saw her. People tried to describe it to me but I still couldn’t picture it being that bad. It was horrific to me,” Pam Hall said.
The trauma happened early Wednesday morning when Felica Hall was invited to her friend’s house on Marrietta Road in Gaffney.
“I’m so sorry. If there was anything I could do to take it back, I would,” Sissy Painter said, whose guard dog, Duke, attacked Hall in her backyard.
Painter and her mother tried unsuccessfully to stop the dog.
”She’s in a lot of pain. She just looked pitiful to me,” Pam Hall said.
The responding deputy applied a tournequet to her leg right away.
Felicia Hall’s family credits that officer with saving her life.
Moments earlier, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s oOfice said the dog had lunged at the deputy, who shot the dog in response.
Her family worries Felicia Hall’s future is full of mounting medical bills.
“I’m so sorry, and if it’s anything, I don’t have nothing and they know that. But if there’s anything I have, she can have it,” said Painter.
The sheriff’s office said the family who owned the dog will not face any criminal charges related to the injuries because the dog was properly gated and warning signs were posted as well.
The sheriff’s office also made it clear that even if his deputy had not shot the dog, Duke would have been put down because of the violent nature of such an incident.