SPARTANBURG COUNTY SC - A PIT BULL ATTACKED SHIRLEY BURGESS AS SHE WAS WALKING ON WADSWORTH TRAIL - NOW ANIMAL CONTROL IS TRYING TO LOCATE THE DOG
(WSPA) – A woman was bitten by a dog along a Spartanburg County walking trail. Animal control officers are investigating and asking people who use the trail to be vigilant.
“I’ve loved it. It’s a wonderful trail,” said Shirley Burgess of Wadsworth Trail. “A lot of people use it – children riding their bicycles, dog walkers. The dogs were on leashes.”
She says a dog – without a leash – scarred her walk on February 11th.
“It was a beautiful day.. In the 70s in February,” said Burgess. “Because I hadn’t walked for a little while I forgot to take my spray with me.”
She had no defense off Willis Road near Caldwell Drive when a dog sunk its teeth into her leg before she could try getting away.
“It just bit – tore down and went,” she said. “That was it. It was very fast.”
She says this was her second time in two years being bitten, but this time was worse.
“My first thought was I can’t believe it’s happening again,” she said. “I did start crying.”
A trip to the emergency room meant stitches and tetanus shots.
“It tore quite a chunk out of my leg,” said Burgess. “It was a pit-bull or a pit-bull mix. That’s the one that got me.”
Now animal control is looking for a greyish-brown medium build PIT BULL OR PIT BULL MIX in the West Spartanburg area near the trail. Burgess said she knows of other people who’ve been approached or bitten as well.
“My animal control officer that works that area has actually been trying to locate the animal,” said Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson. “Even though it’s called a trail, it’s a very populated area over there.”
Nelson says people should also remember to always protect themselves.
“When you guys are out there on the trails, your safety is number one,” said Nelson. “If you can, don’t go around any animals. If that’s not going to work, pick up something to defend yourselves or take something along with you even if it’s just a water bottle.”
“We’re looking to get something so I feel that I can defend myself at least,” she said. She said she wants to help make sure other people don’t become victims as well.
Anyone who thinks they were also attacked by the dog or knows the owner is asked to contact Spartanburg County Animal Control at 864-596-3582.