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Woman hospitalized after dog attack

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) A little after 6: 30 p.m. Sunday night, Conway Police were called to Elm Street in Conway for a report of a woman being attacked by a Rottweiler.

Upon arrival, the officer saw the 65-year-old victim lying on the ground in her background, bleeding from several wounds.

A police report states the officer saw the Rottweiler, laying a few feet away and appeared to weigh between 125 and 200 pounds.

The officer attempted to enter the backyard through a gate, but the victim yelled, "If you come in here, she will get you.  You need to shoot her, she is my dog." The officer stated in the report that he called county dispatch to let them know he was entering the enclosed backyard and asked that it be relayed to a supervisor.

The officer stated immediately after he entered the yard, the Rottweiler alerted and stood up as if to attack. The officer fired the gun twice, and noted that the dog appeared to be dead.

The report states the officer approached the victim who then told the officer, "you need to make sure." The officer fired his gun once more and noted the dog was deceased.

Timothy Savage is a neighbor of the victim. Savage said he was alerted something was wrong when his dog started barking. Savage said he went outside and heard his neighbor begging for help.

"She was screaming for help. She was like, ‘help me help me, please help me'."

Savage said he saw the whole incident happen.

"The officer handled it great. At first he went in- he just got the gun, he turned in he walked in the yard and the dog was like trying to make a stance and that's when he shot him," Savage said.

The victim told WMBF News her dog hadn't caused a problem in the past. The police report noted the victim's name was already in the hospital computer's database because she had been a patient prior for treatment of a Rottweiler bite.

Savage said up until a few days before the attack, the Rottweiler didn't cause any problems.

"He wasn't right for some reason or another. When we first came down the dog was fine. Like six months ago, the neighbors was patting him all the time, he was fine. So something must have happened to him," Savage said.

No word on when the victim will be released from the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

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