Woman attacked by dogs at Upstate funeral speaks out

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SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – The woman who survived a dog attack while attending a funeral in the Upstate is speaking out.

Barbara Lee, 76, came home to Spartanburg County to attend her brother-in-law’s funeral Monday at Wood Memorial Park on Gap Creek Road in Greer.

“I’m from here, my first husband was from here, and I still call this home,” said Lee. 

As burial services ended, Lee said she walked a short distance by herself to her late husband’s grave.

“I just leaned over and was repositioning flowers,” she said.

Lee said that’s when out of nowhere from over the hill near Gap Creek Road she spotted a dog.  

“It was running really hard and then as soon as he got to me he grabbed my leg then I looked up and here comes what looked like a pack of wolves to me,” Lee said. 

Officials said five dogs escaped from the property across the street from the cemetery and attacked Lee. 

“I thought I was gonna die. I thought i was gonna die because they were vicious. They just surrounded me and I just started screaming ‘help, help, help,” said Lee.

Those screams drew the attention of her family members who came running to help. 

“When they came, two nephews and two great nephews, they came running toward me and they were clapping their hands and yelling and I was surprised how quickly {the dogs} left me,” said Lee. 

“They saved my life,” said Lee.

The five dogs, all mixed breeds, are now under a 10-day rabies quarantine at the Spartanburg Humane Society Shelter. 

The Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department said the dog’s owner allowed the five dogs to escape and attack Lee.

According to the warrants, the five dogs belonged to Daisy Ann Anderson and said she knowingly and willingly allowed the dogs to escape knowing that they had a tendency to run at-large, bite or attempt to bite people.

Anderson was charged with five counts of Penalty for Owner of Dangerous Animal Attack and Injures a Human, according to the Environmental Enforcement Department.

She was also charged with violations of a local animal control ordinance.

Anderson was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center on an unrelated shoplifting charge in Greer and has since been released.

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