2 dogs kill SC woman, injure owner

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COLUMBIA — Sirlinda Hayes was working in her garden as she did every day, tending turnips and collard greens on a small plot outside her modest one-story home. Moments later she was dead, mauled by two neighborhood dogs that had gotten loose many times before but had not acted aggressively toward humans.



"Never had no trouble," Nijoku Odom, Hayes' nephew, told The Associated Press on Friday, a day after his aunt was attacked. "They've gotten loose before — anybody could tell them go on back home and everything. We call the owner and he'll come get them without any problem."

Hayes, 66, died from the attack in her yard in Dillon, a small city about 100 miles northeast of Columbia, said Capt. Cliff Arnette, spokesman for the Dillon County Sheriff's Department. It was not clear what might have provoked the pair of Rottweilers.

They belonged to a neighbor, who came over to help as Hayes lay bleeding, Arnette said. They turned on him too, biting him and causing injuries so severe he was still hospitalized Friday afternoon.

Arnette did not release the owner's name but did say that he has not been charged in the incident.

The dogs would not let emergency responders near Hayes or their owner. Deputies finally shot both of the animals, which were carted off by animal control.

Animal control officials removed two other adult dogs and one puppy from the owner's home late Thursday. County officials must decide if they will be put up for adoption or euthanized.

Authorities said they had received no formal complaints about the animals, but a woman who lives nearby says she believes the pair killed her dog earlier this week.

Georgia Thomas, who runs a florist shop in Dillon, said she was in the middle of the Valentine's Day rush Monday when her husband called to say their German shepherd puppy had been found dead.

Thomas said she then alerted neighbors and an animal control officer who lives in the neighborhood, but opted not to file a complaint.

Dogs have killed at least three other people in South Carolina in the past two years. In January 2009, the body of a 10-year-old boy was found in a man's yard after he was attacked by six dogs while walking home. The dog's owner is now serving a 5-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

In January, a 9-year-old McCormick girl was killed by a Japanese Akita three days after her grandfather bought the animal as a gift for his grandchildren. And in November, a 25-year-old man was killed in his Latta home when the family pit bull attacked him.

Also Thursday, a 3-year-old girl walking with her baby sitter in the coastal city of Port Royal was bitten in the head by a pit bull. Authorities said they planned to charge the owner of the dog, which animal control officials said they had picked up in the past six weeks after complaints of the animal running and jumping on neighbors. Across the state in Aiken County, a deputy shot and killed a pit bull that was circling and snapping at a jogger.

Authorities have not said what may have provoked the dogs that killed Hayes, but one animal control officials says it simply may have been the time of year. Female dogs typically go into heat in the spring, according to Jamie Nelson, director of Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement, causing male dogs to become more aggressive as they look to mate.

"We deal with animals similar to dealing with a teenager," Nelson said.

Hayes' only child died in 1987, so she poured her love on her nieces and nephews, who all lived on the same land just outside of Dillon. She loved going fishing and working with her sister to grow seasonal vegetables in the garden, Odom said.

"It's one of those things that's meant to be," Odom said Friday. "She is in a better place."

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/18/11 - 11:59 am
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You ain't seen anything yet.

You ain't seen anything yet. As vicious dog owners continue to neglect their dangerous breeds they just had to have to impress everybody, and make money, more and more innocent bystanders have died a horrible death. Hope the family launches a wrongful death suit to send a message that these big bad bullies are no longer funny or cool. Currently there are more vicious breed puppy mills popping up than folks available to monitor them. Look for MANY more mauling deaths in the coming future.

"In Michigan, owning a dangerous animal that causes death is equivalent to a second-degree murder charge.
A woman will pay for her dogs' aggressive behavior -- and perpetrated killings -- for the next three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison."
"Diane Cockrell, 56, of Livingston County, Mich., was sentenced on Sept. 18, after she plead guilty to two felony counts of keeping dangerous animals that caused the death of two neighbors.
Four of Cockrell's 10 American Bulldogs dug a hole under a fence and escaped
A California woman whose dogs killed her neighbor seven years ago was also sentenced on Monday, but will serve a more severe sentence of 15 years to life in prison."

tiredofsrryppl
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tiredofsrryppl 02/18/11 - 11:53 am
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This is terrible. Attacked in

This is terrible. Attacked in her own yard. Something had to trigger this and I hope it is determined before "we" try to blame the breed. My condolences.

WyattEarp
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WyattEarp 02/18/11 - 12:34 pm
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More than 60% of dog all

More than 60% of dog all attacks are coming from Rottweilers or Pit Bulls. These dogs don't make up anywhere near 60% of the overall dog population, so why do THEY attack and kill women and children seemingly every other day? How come you never read about Collies attacking and killing kids? Hmmmmm? How come? Why not Irish Setters or Golden Retrievers? It's because THESE BREEDS are bad.
Just because you think it somehow adds the masculinity you are lacking some little girl or boy has to be dismembered in a horrifying attack. Yeah......I know. You have your rights and besides YOUR dog is different. OUTLAW FIGHTING DOGS.

Aiken Pyles
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Aiken Pyles 02/18/11 - 12:43 pm
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I believe dog owners should

I believe dog owners should pay $100 per year, collected by vets, to own dogs that are not neutered. If they don't pay, then they should not get treatment for their dogs (except rabies shots). I would bet those "Rocks" weren't neutered. This rule would make money for the county and save on collecting and putting down feral dogs.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 02/18/11 - 01:12 pm
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That's why I own a toy poodle

That's why I own a toy poodle and a Sheltie.

dani
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dani 02/18/11 - 01:19 pm
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The dogs were in the yard of

The dogs were in the yard of the victim. They should have been restrained. She might have tried to shoo them out of her yard. That is NOT the question..
My neighbor has two large dogs and uses an electric fence to keep them in (it works). Earlier today a large black Lab went onto the premises and she was telling him to "go home". Thank goodness the dog didn't attack her.
Loose dogs are a problem, no excuses.

localman
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localman 02/18/11 - 02:19 pm
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If my SUV, due to my neglect,

If my SUV, due to my neglect, rolled down my driveway, across the street and hurt or killed my neighbor's child playing in their own yard, I would be held responsible and legally would be required to pay. Why are dogs treated differently when they attack?

BelleBelle22
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BelleBelle22 02/18/11 - 02:25 pm
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I am sorry to say Pastor but

I am sorry to say Pastor but any dog with teeth will bite no matter how big or little

unbiased_propaganda
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unbiased_propaganda 02/18/11 - 02:51 pm
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Very true Belle

Very true Belle -

Actually...in my experiences smaller dogs are more aggressive and are more apt to bite.

Ashleyn1
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Ashleyn1 02/18/11 - 02:58 pm
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This is so sad.

This is so sad.

southernladywolf
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southernladywolf 02/18/11 - 03:00 pm
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Any dog can attack and do

Any dog can attack and do serious damage weither its a Rottweiler, poodle, chihuahua,whatever. Owners need to be more responsible with their pets, not just for the safety of people but of the animal itself. People owning pets should be required to have proper fencing, if the dog is prone to get out of the fence things like electric wire,or fencing buried underground and lean in's( fence attached to top leaning in to prevent climbing) should be required, especially if you own a breed of dog that is considered a "vicious" breed, weither yours is or not.Any dog can attack, some think it is a game, others may because they feel threatened. Take responsiblilty for yous animals!

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happychimer 02/18/11 - 04:15 pm
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My son has a very good

My son has a very good security system...a
big black Rottweiler who will put a mauling on anyone he sees trying to harm his family.He has had good training too. His best friend is a cat. He likes to sit in my son's lap. He is just a big baby, but don't mess with his family.He is well behaved, and obeys. He likes to play ball with the kids. You should have seen him catching snowballs.

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kmb413 02/18/11 - 04:24 pm
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glad your son has a good dog,

glad your son has a good dog, what does that have to do with the bad dog that killed this woman?

happychimer
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happychimer 02/18/11 - 05:03 pm
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kmg413 the dogs in this story

kmg413 the dogs in this story are same breed as my son's dog. It's not the breed that's bad.

trimmy
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trimmy 02/18/11 - 06:42 pm
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Anyone owning an animal
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Anyone owning an animal capable of killing a human being is a fool. There should be laws against this. But real punishment is lacking in our judicial system, so there is really no deterrent to crime. Our laws have no teeth but the killer animals do.

dani
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dani 02/18/11 - 06:48 pm
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Small dogs will bite, no

Small dogs will bite, no doubt about it, but chances of doing major damage are as a rule, non-existent.
The breed that killed the woman is hard to fight off, and she had not one but two attacking her.
Poor lady..May she rest in peace.

Iamrightyouarewrong
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Iamrightyouarewrong 02/18/11 - 08:03 pm
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Another reason that a 9mm is

Another reason that a 9mm is on my hip every time we go for a walk or bike ride along the canal path. It is LEGALLY carried and I am to the point of even wanting to carry it in my own yard while cutting grass and such. Nobody is safe any longer. My prayers to the family of the victim. WE as humans are supposed to be at the TOP of the food chain.

TheArmyWife
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TheArmyWife 02/18/11 - 08:09 pm
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The toddler in Port Royal who

The toddler in Port Royal who was mauled by a pit bull lost an ear. You can read the story in The Island Packet.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 02/22/11 - 12:18 am
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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/18/11 - 09:12 pm
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What triggered this,

What triggered this, tiredofsrryppl is dogs that were not supervised, leashed or under control of their owner. Therefore what triggered this is that the owner/s of the dog were not in possession or control of their dogs. It is not the dogs' fault. It's the owner's fault.

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pommom38 02/18/11 - 09:21 pm
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Oh yes, small dogs are

Oh yes, small dogs are aggressive, and yep they bite too.
Hmm, but have they killed people? No.
Owners, TRAIN your dogs. Its that simple.

swimmer
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swimmer 02/19/11 - 08:34 am
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SuzyQ at 8:39 Friday said:

SuzyQ at 8:39 Friday said: "Underneath all the training and personality they are all animals, and animals will behave instinctively if something sets them off."
"There are plenty of pit bulls and rottweilers who are well socialized, well behaved animals with responsible owners who will NEVER attack anyone, so those of you suggesting that any particular breed be outlawed are ignorant."

Wow..your statements completely contradict each other. Whether or not a pit bull or rottweiler is well socialized or not doesn't matter. You said it yourself: animals will behave instictively if something sets them off."

Perhaps instinct is why pits and rotts attack?

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augusta citizen 02/19/11 - 10:00 am
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So very sad, this lady was in

So very sad, this lady was in her own yard doing her gardening and was brutally attacked and killed.

Cadence
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Cadence 02/19/11 - 10:32 am
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So if the dog thinks I am

So if the dog thinks I am messing with his family he will maul me? Soooo...if I walk by the house and he jumps the fence, if I am visiting the family and move too quickly, if the meter reader leans in the see the numbers...old yeller will put a mauling on me. I can see why you are so proud.

Sweet Tooth
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Sweet Tooth 02/19/11 - 01:34 pm
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Any so-called pet dog should

Any so-called pet dog should be euthanized when allowed to run free. First time - no excuses by the owner. Second time, if it happens, the owner should join the pet.

The bottom line here is "running free."

yakirz
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yakirz 02/19/11 - 01:38 pm
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Rottweilers, pit bulls and
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Rottweilers, pit bulls and other dangerous dogs are often used as status symbols by thugs. There is no reason to own dangerous animals, they need to be banned.

You want a big dog? Get a Lab.

yakirz
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yakirz 02/19/11 - 01:38 pm
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Double posting, sorry.
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Double posting, sorry.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 02/19/11 - 04:28 pm
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"We deal with animals similar

"We deal with animals similar to dealing with a teenager," Nelson said

I don't think we shoot teenagers. No wonder this guy is animal control. He can't relate to humans.

That said, animals are born with instincts. Unless you can talk to them about this, you won't always know when and what triggers these "animal" instincts. Prove to me that they can't be mentally unbalanced as well.

Too many pet owners want to humanize their pets. They're first, foremost and always animals.

thinbluewife
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thinbluewife 02/19/11 - 09:01 pm
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We have had a rottweiler in

We have had a rottweiler in my home since he was 4 weeks of age. Due to my ignorance on them, I was convinced that any dog of this breed would attack my child. I made many calls to vet's offices around town and was told the same thing, it's all in how they are raised and dogs of every breed attack. Rottweilers have more bite force than any other dog and a pit can lock its jaws, so sure the injuries are often fatal.
Also, we treat and have taught our son to treat our dog like a person. People don't like it when you are in their face, around, their food, taking their stuff, or scare them. I'm not saying that we tiptoe around our house, but we treat him with respect as we do with each other. In return we have gotten a wonderful friend and family pet. Our rottie's bestie is a miniature yorkie and he is the bully.

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reba530 02/19/11 - 11:38 pm
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So sad. That poor lady what
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So sad. That poor lady what she must have went through. May God bless her and her family.

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