HARLEYVILLE, S.C. — An 80-year-old double-amputee from South Carolina was killed after he was dragged from his wheelchair and attacked by four dogs last week.
WLS-TV reported that Carlton Freeman was driving his motorized wheelchair on May 8 when the dogs attacked him.
Freeman told police that he was pulled from his wheelchair, and the dogs were biting him and pulling on his clothes.
The victim had both of his legs amputated at the knee from an injury that happened years ago. Freeman died on Sunday from his injuries in the attack.
“Upon my examination of Mr. Freeman, it is a wonder that this gentleman was able to hang on as long as he did,” said Coroner Chris Nesbit. “He had bites and lacerations from his legs to the top of his head. This is very sad story, but even worse that Mr. Freeman was basically helpless to the attack, due to being a bi-lateral amputee.”
Three of the four dogs were captured by police, and have been taken to an animal shelter. Officers are still searching for the fourth dog.
The Associated Press reported that it is the second fatal-dog mauling in the county in a little over a year. A 2-month-old child was killed after the family dog pulled him from his baby swing in April 2012.