(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) — The 911 calls that frantic witnesses made as they watched a group of pitbulls attack a South Carolina woman have been released by police.
The calls began coming into the Spartanburg, S.C., police department in the early morning hours of Wednesday as three pitbulls began attacking Dreama Rice in the middle of a street there, waking neighbors.
“There are three dogs attacking this lady in the middle of the street. Oh, God. Ugh. Oh, my God,” one caller could be heard saying. “These dogs are ripping the poor woman apart.”
Police officers who arrived shortly after 2 a.m. pulled the dogs off of the woman and, when one dog turned toward an officer, shot one of the animals, according to ABC News affiliate WLOS.
“She ran in the street, they’re just biting on her,” one caller said.
Then, speaking to her child, the caller added, “I couldn’t do nothing, baby. She is just yelling and screaming.”
“They are shooting at the dogs. They have ripped this woman’s face off almost,” one caller said.
The other two dogs were seized and quarantined, and their owner, Ray Williams, faces charges. He told WLOS he kept the dogs in a fenced-in area but that they must have escaped.
Rice was hospitalized, though the extent of her injuries was not immediately clear.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire