James Island woman attacked, dragged by dogs outside her home

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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) –

A James Island woman is still recovering Friday night after a pack of dogs attacked her outside of her home.

Brooke Smith was in her side yard with her dog Riley when a pack of dogs known to the Julian Clark neighborhood as “wild dogs” started approaching her.

“This is not my first time seeing them and this is not my first time seeing them aggressive,” Smith said.

She went to get her dog Riley and as she started heading towards the door.

“As I was running I heard a hard dog growling and then it jumped on my back,” Brooke Smith said.

She described the scene of the dogs mauling her in her own yard.

“One was pulling me this side and another that side and finally they got off and I saw Riley grabbing one of them and she just clawed them and they began to tussle,” Smith said.

The scared dog owner said if it weren’t for her dog she may not have made it.

“If It wasn’t for my two-year-old Rottweiler Riley I don’t know where I’d be right now,” Smith said.

Once Smith was able to get in the house she was able to call 911 and shortly after was in an ambulance heading to MUSC.

In the incident report from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department the deputies on the scene also described the dogs as aggressive.

“Once the dogs noticed our presence they started to become visible aggressive towards us,” the report stated.

“The dogs’ hair on the neck started to stand and they began barking and charging us in an aggressive manor,” the report continued.

The report went on to say that Charleston County Animal Control removed seven dogs from the property, but two were not caught. Which has neighbors still on high alert.

“We can’t let the kids outside alone, not even by themselves. Everyone has fear to have their child,“ Smith said.

Charleston County Animal Control Deputies said it has responded to multiple reports of canine at large service calls in parts of James Island.

Live 5 News reported in early March that an elder man’s cats were killed by a pack of aggressive dogs just a few streets away.

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