Thursday, May 16, 2013
“Carlton Freeman from Harleyville was minding his own business while going down the side of the road in his wheelchair, at Spring Branch and Dunnings Road, when he was attacked by a pack of dogs.”
So begins the Dorchester County Coroner’s statement about the tragic death of Freeman.
“Mr. Freeman was a bi-lateral amputee at the knees, from a previous injury years ago, and reported to EMS that he was pulled from his wheelchair by his legs as he tried to fight off the dogs,” continued Coroner Christopher D. Nisbet. “He also stated that they all where biting him and pulling at his clothes.
“EMS transported Mr. Freeman to Trident Hospital, where he was admitted to ICU, and died as a result of his injuries from the attack, on May 12 at 11:25 a.m.
“Upon my examination of Mr. Freeman, it is a wonder that this gentleman was able to hang on as long as he did. 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. The DCSD is investigating this incident.”
The 80-year-old Freeman was attacked on May 8 by four brown dogs, according to the Dorchester County Deputies who responded.
Deputies along with Dorchester County Animal Control were able to capture three of the animals and are still trying to locate and capture the fourth.
The case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.