SC amputee, 80, dies after being attacked by dogs

HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An 80-year-old South Carolina amputee has died after he was attacked by four dogs last week.

Carlton Freeman of Harleyville was driving his motorized wheelchair May 8 when the dogs pulled him from his chair and bit him all over his body. He died Sunday.

Coroner Chris Nesbit said it was a wonder that Freeman held on as long as he did, considering the extent of his injuries.

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Maj. John Garrison said three of the four dogs were captured and are being held in a shelter. Three belonged to a neighborhood woman and traces of blood were found. No arrests have been made.

In April 2012, a 2-month-old child in the same county was fatally dismembered by a dog in his home as his father slept nearby. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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