Originally created 10/13/03

2 men charged in dog attack



Two Aiken men are charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after they sicced their dog on another man in a vicious attack Sunday afternoon, police said.

That attack was one of two dog maulings in Aiken County on Sunday.

Demetrius Williams, 18, and James Telford, 21, both of the 300 block of McCormick Street, were charged in connection with the incident, which involved Gregory Johnson, 24.

Both suspects were being held at Aiken County Detention Center on Sunday.

Mr. Johnson, of the 1100 block of Abbeville Avenue, was in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital's trauma center Sunday night.

Aiken Public Safety Sgt. William Royster said that at about 12:30 p.m., Mr. Williams and Mr. Telford started beating Mr. Johnson with 3-inch-thick tree limbs and then commanded their Rottweiler to attack him.

The assault began in Hahn Village in the 300 block of Bradby Lane, but the assailants chased the victim down the street, where he was found by his family, Sgt. Royster said.

"He was beaten pretty badly to the head, neck and face," the sergeant said.

The motive is not known, Sgt. Royster said.

"We know they were acquaintances, but we don't know why they would do this," Sgt. Royster said.

Aiken County Animal Control picked up the Rottweiler, police said. No other information was available about the animal.

Also Sunday, a Beech Island woman was hospitalized after a pit bull mauled her, Aiken County sheriff's officers said.

Lt. Barney Eagerton said the woman found the dog and was training it when it attacked her.

The woman shot and killed the pit bull to defend herself, Lt. Eagerton said.

A neighbor called an ambulance, and the woman was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Lt. Eagerton said.

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