Police: Woman in critical condition after pit bull attack

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC —An Upstate woman is in critical condition after she was attacked by pit bulls overnight, according to Spartanburg Public Safety Capt. Art Littlejohn.

Littlejohn said that at about 2 a.m. police were called by someone who said they heard a woman being attacked by dogs.

Officers reached the location in the 700 block of South Center Street within three minutes, police said.

The incident report said an officer saw two or three dogs "biting/eating" a woman who was lying on the ground.

The officer said he shouted at the dogs and kicked leaves at them, and they started to run away, but returned to attacking the woman.

One of the dogs turned toward the officer and was shot and killed.

A second dog charged at an officer, but ran off when shots were fired. The officers kept that dog and a third dog away from the victim while EMS treated the woman and took her to the hospital.

Littlejohn said the woman suffered bites to her arms, legs and face. He said she is in the hospital, but she may not survive her injuries.

The incident report said the woman, who was unconscious, did not have any identification on her. At the time of the report, her identity was still unknown.

Officers were unable to make contact with the person believed to own the dogs. The two surviving dogs were seized by Animal Services officers.