Monday, December 12, 2016


Police say a 71-year-old man was attacked by two dogs while he was decorating his yard in York, South Carolina.

Police shot one of the dogs after Buddy Owens was bitten so severely in the yard of his Oklahoma Street home that he had to be taken to Charlotte for emergency surgery, said Owens’ step-granddaughter, Kelly Mitchell.
“He was outside working on the lights when this happened,” Mitchell said. “He’s such a sweet man. A good guy. A great guy. What happened is just shocking.”

Owens is a retired textile worker who was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, family said.
The damage to Owens’ arms is severe – especially his left arm that “took the brunt of the damage,” Mitchell said. Owens already has had one surgery and faces several more.
“He has a long road to recovery,” Mitchell said. “He is in a good bit of pain. We are focused on getting him better.”
Police responded to Owens’ home after calls came in that Owens was being “attacked by two dogs.” When officers arrived police saw two dogs running near Owens’ home, according to a police report. A neighbor came out to talk to police before the dogs chased her back to her home. One of the dogs hit her door as it was trying to get to her,"  the report states.
The officer was within several feet of one of the dogs, which was “barking and growling,” police said. The dog came within five or six feet of the officer before the officer shot the dog once in the face, the report states.
The officer returned to assisting Owens and found “extensive damage” to Owens’ muscles in both the left forearm and biceps. The officer gave emergency medical care to Owens until an ambulance arrived.
“The officer even gave first aid to Buddy,” said Mitchell. “York police were amazing, and we thank them so much.”
York County Animal Control was called and the owners of the dogs – who live two doors down the street – were cited for violation of leash laws, York police said. The dogs are in the custody of county animal control officials.
One of the dog owners, Robert Miles, said Monday that the dogs are 1-year-old dogs that are a mix of Boxer and American Pit Bull Terrier.  Miles said he is “extremely sorry” for what happened, describing it as a “freak accident.”
“I’m praying to God this man will be OK,” Miles said.
The dogs did get out but have been raised to not be aggressive, Miles said. Miles added that he believed that a stun gun or something other than a gun fired toward the dog may have been a better alternative.
“I don’t think it was right to shoot my dog,” Miles said.
York police are continuing to investigate, Chief Andy Robinson said.
The family of Buddy Owens said he is looking at at least a week in the hospital, but hope to have him home by Christmas.
“We are all hoping to get Buddy home in time for Christmas,” Mitchell said.

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 (WBTV) -A 71-year-old man was hospitalized after police say he was attacked by his neighbor's pit bulls while decorating his house for Christmas.According to York Police, officers were called to the home along Oklahoma Street just before 11 a.m. Sunday in reference to the dog attack. 
Investigators say the man was knocked down from behind by TWO PIT BULL DOGS  that bit him repeatedly.
When officers arrived, they saw the dogs running in the man's yard and saw a female neighbor walking towards the officers. That's when police say the dogs charged at the woman, who ran into her home to get away.
The dogs reportedly kept "striking her door in an attempt to get the lady," according to police. They then came towards the officer in an "aggressive manner." 
The officer fired a shot, hitting one of the dogs before both animals ran off.
The 71-year-old man was found and the officer gave him first aid.
According to police, the man's left arm was severely mangled and he had to be taken to Piedmont Medical Center and later transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte "due to the severity of his injuries."
The dogs were found and taken into custody by York County Animal Control. The owners were issued citations for violation of leash law.


Anonymous said...

The 71 has had his arm mangled and likely will be disabled for the rest of his life and the dog owner had the nerve to say "I don't think it was right to shot my dog".

I say stuff his arm into a chipper and let him see how right that feels.

Dayna said...

Holy crap his response makes me want to punch him!!! Typical sociopathic nutter who whines after his mauler practically kills someone.

Farmer Jane said...

This attack was so much like the 2011 killing of Roy McSweeney that it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. He was an elderly war veteran who literally had his arms ripped off by his neighbor's pit bulls. He was in his yard when the dogs jumped the fence and attacked. I wish that an officer had shot them both in the face. This neighbor needs to get educated about pits and realize that he or his family could be next. He also needs to pay the medical bills. THAT would make him think twice about his precious maulers.

I guess we need to add "putting up Christmas decorations" to the list of things that make pits attack.

In memory of Roy McSweeney. I will keep fighting the good fight.

Anonymous said...

An older neighbor critically injured by his own dogs while simply decorating his house for the holidays and his reaction is that the officer overreacted by shooting one of the attacking animals after it charged him? Should the officer wait to lose a few fingers first? What goes through these people's minds? It is not normal for dogs to act equal to or worse than escaped zoo animals the moment a gate is open. They are supposed to be pets, man's best friend. Scariest dog on the block when I was a kid just laid out in the yard and chased us away from the house. He never went past the sidewalk. He just wanted to let us know that was his yard. I can't imagine a neighbor back then bemoaning the loss of a dog that mangled another neighbor. But then it was the 70s before pit bulls were marketed as great family pets.

Anonymous said...

"'I don't think it was right to shoot my dog,' Miles said."

Another nutter complaining that his mauling pit bull got shot. Well, Robert Miles, I don't think it was right that your pit bulls were, running free, attacked a man putting up Christmas Decorations in his own yard, tried to attack a witness, and started to get aggressive with a police officer. On top of that, the man is in the hospital, in severe pain, and is not out of the woods yet. But keep praying for him and hope that he is okay. How about get ready to lose everything you own because of your poor choices, and HOPE that your pit bulls get dirt napped! I'll pray for you. Deal?