Woman mauled by 3 dogs

A man has been charged after an Upstate woman had her arms amputated as a result of being mauled by three dogs while walking down the road, according to her family. Kyleen Waltman, 38-year-old mother of three, was attacked by the dogs about 10:30 am Monday in Honea Path, her sister, Sheena Green, told WYFF News 4. The owner of the three dogs was identified as Justin L. Minor, according to the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office. for the purposeAnimals/rabies control chapter violationAnimals/dangerous animals not permitted beyond premises unless restrained.Abbeville Animal Control did immediately take possession of the dogs (two pit bulls and a mixed breed) on the day of the incident, deputies say.The dogs did not have up-to-date rabies shots, deputies say. The investigation of the incident is ongoing with the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Abbeville County Animal Control, deputies say. A GoFundMe page said Waltman has had both arms amputated up to the shoulder and she had to have her colon removed and now her esophagus may have to be removed. prevent aggression in animals.“When you look at it, South Carolina has a strict liability law on dog bites,” Astro Kennels head working dog training coordinator Doug Wannemacher said.According to South Carolina state law under Article 2, Section 47-3- 110, if a person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner or person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping, the dog owner or person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked. “There’s only two provisions in that that allow it not to happen. If somebody is trespassing on your land, so that’s huge, but most people don’t realize trespassing on land has another caveat to it. You have to have your land properly marked .” He says the second provision to that law is if the person provokes the dog. Under Article 13, Section 47-3-710, state law also defines a “dangerous animal” as one which makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human being and the attack occurs in a place other than the place where the animal is confined as required by Section 47-3-720. you’re entering parks,” Wannemacher said. He emphasizes the importance of training and nurturing how it relates to a dog’s behavior. “We need to know the basic genetic makeup, but just to say one breed is more aggressive than the other is taking out the whole other aspect of nature vs. nurture,” he said. “That nurture.”He says nurture can be more important in the long run. Wannemacher strongly encourages every owner to put their dog through training. “You do have to take the genetics in of what breed you have when you’re looking at a dog, but ultimately, regardless of what you’re looking at, there are no more specific breeds that are more aggressive than not,” he said.

A man has been charged after an Upstate woman had her arms amputated as a result of being mauled by three dogs while walking down the road, according to her family.

Kyleen Waltman, 38-year-old mother of three, was attacked by the dogs about 10:30 am Monday in Honea Path, her sister, Sheena Green, told WYFF News 4.

The owner of the three dogs was identified as Justin L. Minor, according to the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office.

Minor has been arrested and charged for the following, deputies say:

  • Three counts of animals/penalty for the owner of dangerous animal attacks and insults a human or owning, selling, breeding, etc. for the purpose
  • Animals/rabies control chapter violation
  • Animals/dangerous animals not permitted beyond premises unless restrained.

Abbeville Animal Control did immediately take possession of the dogs (two pit bulls and a mixed breed) on the day of the incident, deputies say.

The dogs did not have up-to-date rabies shots, deputies say.

The investigation of the incident is ongoing with the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Abbeville County Animal Control, deputies say.

A GoFundMe page said Waltman has had both arms amputated up to the shoulder and she had to have her colon removed and now her esophagus may have to be removed.

WYFF News 4 spoke with an experienced Upstate dog trainer about state laws and how they work to prevent aggression in animals.

“When you look at it, South Carolina has a strict liability law on dog bites,” Astro Kennels head working dog training coordinator Doug Wannemacher said.

According to South Carolina state law under Article 2, Section 47-3-110, if a person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner or person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping, the dog owner or person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.

“If your dog bites somebody, you’re going to be 100% liable for all damages,” Wannemacher said. “There’s only two provisions in that that allow it not to happen. If somebody is trespassing on your land, so that’s huge, but most people don’t realize trespassing on land has another caveat to it. You have to have your land properly marked.”

He says the second provision to that law is if the person provokes the dog.

Under Article 13, Section 47-3-710, state law also defines a “dangerous animal” as one which makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human being and the attack occurs in a place other than the place where the animal is confined as required by Section 47-3-720.

Wannemacher says South Carolina also has leash laws.

“Your dog needs to be restrained on a six-foot leash when you’re entering parks,” Wannemacher said.

He emphasizes the importance of training and nurturing how it relates to a dog’s behavior.

“We need to know the basic genetic makeup, but just to say one breed is more aggressive than the other is taking out the whole other aspect of nature vs. nurture,” he said. “That nurture.”

He says nurture can be more important in the long run. Wannemacher strongly encourages every owner to put their dog through training.

“You do have to take the genetics in of what breed you have when you’re looking at a dog, but ultimately, regardless of what you’re looking at, there are no more specific breeds that are more aggressive than not,” he said.

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