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GCSO: Pit bull's throat slashed after attack on dog, owner

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) After a man reportedly defended himself and his pet from an attack by another dog, the solicitor's office says he won't face charges in the dog's death.

According to an incident report from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call from an employee at the Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital on Oct. 25 in reference to a gray and white in color pit bull being stabbed and killed.

The employee told deputies the dog was brought to the hospital by his owner, Christopher Cusack, with several wounds to his neck area. She said Cusack told her he was called to his house because his dog had gotten out of the fenced-in area of his home.

At that time, he said he was told his dog had attacked another dog, and was subsequently killed by the other dog's owner with a knife.

"I thought he was an excellent dog. I love him, I miss him and I'm getting a tattoo of him right now," said Cusack.

According to the veterinary hospital, the pit bull suffered from four non-fatal lacerations/puncture wounds on his neck area, and another two to three inch fatal laceration in the same area. The dog was said to have most likely died as a result of his jugular vein being severed.

When deputies spoke to the owner of the other dog, he said he had been walking his Yorkshire Terrier along Pee Dee Lane when he saw a large pit bull dog coming toward him. He said the pit bull began attacking him and his dog, causing him to be extremely afraid for his safety.

He told deputies he began beating at the pit bull with his fists, but was unable to separate the pit bull from his terrier. At that time, he said he pulled out a pocket knife and began stabbing and cutting at the pit bull, causing the dog to finally let go. He then ran to his home and took his terrier to the vet, and then the emergency animal hospital in Myrtle Beach.

According to the owner, his dog was given a 50 percent chance of survival, but died days after the attack.

Veterinarians say similar incidents can be prevented by being a proactive and responsible pet owner.

"Keeping your dog on a leash. Keeping your dog in close proximity to you behind a fence, those would all be ways that a situation like this could have been avoided," said Dr. Todd Brown of Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital.

Brown says it's also suggested pets be spayed or neutered to prevent aggression.

Additionally, family members have created a Facebook page in honor of the pit bull.

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