Early this week your Charleston lawyers at Howell and Christmas, LLC (located at 250 Mathis Ferry Rd. in Mt. Pleasant) heard of a story involving a dangerous pit bull on Daniel Island. According to the Post and Courier, a couple driving along River Landing Drive when a dog appeared out of nowhere, bolting in front of their car. The couple, with best intentions in mind, stopped their vehicle and tried to approach the dog, thinking the animal may be a beloved pet of a family on the island. But, apparently, the dog, which looked to be a pit bull, did not appreciate the gesture and proceeded to launch a "vicious attack" on a nearby woman's dog. The woman who had gotten out of the car, again with best intentions, tried to intervene in the melee, but was bitten by the animal she originally tried to help. Fortunately, the dog bite did not result in any serious injuries, due in part because the woman was wearing a sweater at the time of the attack, preventing the bite from penetrating the skin of her bicep. Needless to say, this well- intentioned citizen is hoping she doesn't run into the loose dog again after being seriously frightened by this encounter.
Responding Charleston police officers later determined that this same pit bull was involved in another incident in which another dog was bitten. Animal control officers are still trying to find the dangerous pit, and believe the dog belongs to someone on Daniel Island, as the animal was reported to have a collar.
In an unrelated incident, last Saturday Goose Creek police officers shot two pit bulls after the animals allegedly attacked other dogs and charged at the officers. One of the dogs was killed in the shooting and the owner of the animals is charged with the counts of lack of restraint and two counts of nuisance animal. A court date for the 28-year-old owner is scheduled for November 17 and the court will decide then if the owner is allowed to regain possession of the surviving pit bull.