Wednesday, January 3, 2018
CHAPIN, LEXINGTON COUNTY SC - 6 DOGS ENTERED A HOME THROUGH A DOGGY DOOR AND KILLED A FAMILY'S BELOVED IRISH SETTER AND ENGLISH SETTER
Chapin, S.C. (WACH) -- Lexington County Animal Control officers have now seized 10 dogs belonging to a Chapin man, after six of them reportedly attacked and killed two others belonging to a neighbor.
Joy Lee, the owner of the slain dogs, says her husband knew something was wrong when the two dogs didn't greet him when he came home from work Monday afternoon.
"And then he saw a strange dog stick his head through our doggie door," said Lee. "Two dogs came out of the doggie door toward him trying to attack him and then he had to jump in the truck to stop them from attacking him."
Joy says after her husband called the police at a neighbor's house before returning home, meeting the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and Animal Control on site.
Joy says 6 dogs were in the house, and that her husband found both of the dogs -- Bo, a 1-year-old Irish Setter and Gracie, a 3-year-old English Setter-- dead in their own home. One was found in the middle of the living floor.
A member of Animal Control and an officer with Lexington County helped bury one of the dogs.
The six dogs reported to be behind the attack were seized Tuesday afternoon, along with four others. The owner, 42-year-old Ryan Ezzell, was issued 16 citations; six for violation of restraint and confinement and 10 for failure to show proof of rabies inoculation.
Ezzell is due in court on January 16.