GAFFNEY SC - A DEPUTY WAS FORCED TO SHOOT A GERMAN SHEPHERD AFTER IT MAULED A WOMAN WHO WAS HELPING THE OWNER IN THE YARD
(FOX Carolina) - The Cherokee County Sheriff said a 61-year-old woman was attacked by a dog along Marietta Road in Gaffney and the animal has been euthanized.
According to the sheriff's office the woman was attacked outside an apartment by a GERMAN SHEPHERD type dog around 6:20 a.m..
When a deputy arrived on scene, he said he noticed the dog continuing to be aggressive after he had already mauled the woman.
The deputy attempted to used his taser to get the dog away from the victim unsuccessfully, prompting the dog to then charge the deputy. The deputy says they were forced to fire several shots at the dog with their firearm.
According to deputies, the dog was in a fenced in area of yard where the victim was visiting the homeowner to help clean up, when the attack took place.
We're told the woman was airlifted to the hospital after the deputy applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg to stop the bleeding.
Deputies say the dog was taken by Animal Control.
Sheriff Steve Mueller later confirmed the dog was euthanized due to its injuries.
The dog was named Duke. His owner, Sissy Painter, said she had raised Duke from a puppy.