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Dogs maul woman in Spartanburg attack

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One of the dogs that was seized after the attack. (Jan. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the dogs that was seized after the attack. (Jan. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
One of the dogs that was seized after the attack. (Jan. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the dogs that was seized after the attack. (Jan. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Police said a woman was severely wounded after several pit bulls attacked her in front of a Spartanburg County home early Wednesday morning.

Spartanburg police said they pulled up to a South Center Street home where a 44-year-old woman was lying on the ground with three dogs attacking her. The officers yelled at the dogs, but they kept biting the woman. When police tried to yell and kick the dogs away, they said the dogs turned on the officers. One of the dogs was shot and killed.

The other dogs ran off behind a fence and there may have been a third dog, police said. They said the woman was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center with extensive bites to her arms, legs, face and abdominal area.

Police said one of the dogs barked at them aggressively, moving toward the officer, until he fired several warning shots at it. Police said animal control officers responded to the scene to seize the two surviving dogs, which are being held at the Spartanburg Humane Society.

One of the witnesses who called 911 said the woman was attacked for about 30 minutes.

"I jumped up and I looked out of my window and I saw three dogs just surrounding something and when I walked out the door I heard a woman screaming 'help , help' and all of that," said witness Michael Harris.

Harris said he grabbed a sword and ran outside to try and help her, but the dogs tried to turn on him.

"They looked up at me like they were going to attack me so I had no choice but to come back up on my porch and I had to wait for somebody to come," Harris said.

Police said the woman was attacked in the city, but the dogs' owner technically lives in the county, so any citations will be based on county ordinances. They said the dogs' owner was cited by the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Unit for the dogs not currently being inoculated for rabies.

FOX Carolina spoke with the dogs' owner, Ray Williams, who said they have never been aggressive and he doesn't know how they got out of the yard and that all of this is devastating.

"I am truly hurt because that was a friend just like a sister," Williams said. "I'm not worried about charges because you can pay for things but I can't pay for anything that's hurt to her or disfigured. Yes, I'm very hurt, it hurt hard."

FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta stopped by Williams' home on Thursday where he found a condemned sign posted, dated on Wednesday. Authorities said the two surviving dogs were euthanized and samples were sent off to test for disease.

As of Thursday afternoon, the victim was still in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition with very serious injuries, police said.

The attack is under investigation and more charges may be filed, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

This was not the only dog attack in the Upstate this week. Greenwood County deputies said a woman died after she was attacked by a family member's dog Tuesday night. Read more about that attack here.

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