BLUFFTON SC - A PIT BULL JERKED AWAY FROM THE WOMAN WALKING IT AND ATTACKED A GREYHOUND BEING TAKEN ON ITS USUAL WALK BY ITS OWNER - "RINGO" DIED FROM HIS SEVERE INJURIES
A greyhound attacked by a dog in Bluffton Park on May 20 died of his injuries two days after the incident, the greyhound's owner confirmed Tuesday.
John Horishny was walking Ringo along Able Street on their usual route around Lake Isabelle when they came across the dog, Horishny said. It was identified in a Bluffton Police Department report as a black pitbull.
The pitbull severely wounded Ringo, and the 8-year-old greyhound died of his injuries Friday morning.
Horishny had attempted to avoid the pitbull by walking on the opposite side of Able Street. In the few encounters he had with the dog, it would start to get aggressive as soon as it saw another dog, he said. Usually the pitbull's owner, a larger man, could control it, Horishny said. But on May 20, the woman walking the pitbull dropped the leash when the dog tugged, Horishny said.
Horishny futilely attempted to pull Ringo from the pitbull as it bit the greyhound, then he focused on grabbing the attacking dog. The woman walking the dog only tried to regain control of it using verbal commands, he said.
Eventually, Horishny grabbed the pitbull's collar, allowing Ringo to run home. Horishny gave the dog back to the woman, then ran off to find Ringo.
He found Ringo on the porch, covered in blood.
Some of the bites had exposed bone on one of Ringo's legs, Horishny said. Other puncture wounds went deep into muscle tissue. A bite to Ringo's face had pushed a tooth into his muzzle and caused him to bleed from his nose and mouth.
"He was bleeding from everywhere," Horishny said. "The injuries were unbelievable."
Horishny rushed his dog to a local veterinarian, where Ringo underwent almost five hours of surgery Thursday. After returning home, he called police.
Police interviewed both Horishny and the pitbull's owner, who said she hadn't been paying attention when the dog got away from her. She was cited with an animal running at large, but the dog was not taken from the home, according to the police report.
Horishny, fearing that similar attacks could occur with other dogs or even small children, posted about his dog's injuries on a Bluffton Park neighborhood Facebook page. He said many of the people who saw the post called or emailed the police department about the dog and their concerns.
Ringo came home the night of the attack. His legs had swollen to the point where he could no longer bend them, so he was unable to sleep that night, Horishny said. Because of the injured tooth, Ringo refused to allow Horishny to get close enough to give him pain medication, so Horishny stayed up with Ringo all night as the greyhound panted in pain.
Ringo finally fell asleep Thursday afternoon, so Horishny went out to buy a syringe to dissolve and feed the medication to his dog in broth. When he returned, Ringo was unresponsive and having seizures. Horishny again rushed him to the veterinarian, where his condition continued to deteriorate until he died Friday morning.
The pitbull was removed from the neighborhood later Friday after a pickup order was signed by a judge, Bluffton police Maj. Joseph Manning said. The owners were given a court date, when it will be determined whether the dog will be released. Until then, the pitbull will be held at Beaufort County Animal Services, Manning said.