A woman died after being mauled by a pit bull in a Greenwood County home Tuesday night.
According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, the victim was 65-year-old Betty Anne Chapman Todd, of 506 West Kirksey Drive, Greenwood. She suffered severe injuries to her neck from the attack, Cox said.
The deadly encounter happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday on East Grumling Road in Hodges. According to a Greenwood County incident report, the following occurred:
When deputies and emergency personnel arrived, they found the black-and-white pit bull at the front door with blood on its mouth, chest and paws. The animal became aggressive as authorities attempted to enter the residence.
When the homeowners arrived, the animal retreated to a back bedroom of the home. Officers then entered the home and found the victim lying motionless on the living room floor with no signs of life. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the woman, and the county coroner was called to the scene.
Deputies observed a one-inch puncture to the left side of the victim’s neck, and blood covering the woman’s body and several parts of the room in which she was found.
Family members told officers that the residence was the home of the victim’s son. The son said Todd came to the house at about 5 p.m. Tuesday to stay with his children while he and his wife went out to dinner. He said the victim had been around the dog at the home on numerous occasions without the animal ever showing any signs of aggression toward her.
The son told deputies that one of his daughters called him to tell him about the attack, then evacuated the rest of the children out of the house and went to a neighbor’s home. The dog was taken into custody by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office animal control unit and transported to an animal shelter, pending further investigation.