A South Carolina woman was airlifted to a hospital following a “vicious dog attack” Monday morning. According to the County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a house in Honea Path. After arriving they found Kyleen Waltman seriously injured.
Witnesses told deputies three dogs attacked Waltman. “She was walking home from her boyfriend’s house to her momma’s, and as far as I know, the dogs just jumped on her and you can actually see in the road if you go down there, where she fought the dog, trying to fight them off,” said Tanya Gilmer, Waltman’s best friend. Emergency responders also arrived and began giving treatment.
Waltman was airlifted to a hospital and as of Tuesday evening Waltman was listed as being in critical but stable condition in the ICU. “They pretty much ripped all the meat from her arms, and she has a hole in the back of her head. She has lost her colon. She’s lost both of her arms. She’s going to have to lose her esophagus, and they did save her legs,” Gilmer said. “I’m still in shock of it. The pictures of her tore my heart to pieces, but regardless, she’s still the same beautiful Kyleen to me,” said Gilmer, who has been friends with Waltman for three decades. “She’ll always be the same beautiful Kyleen to me.”
Deputies reported a witness scaring the dogs away. “I’m absolutely grateful for the guy, whoever it was that stopped and helped her,” said Mark Gymer Jr., Waltman’s cousin. “Praise the Lord for him being there.” Gymer is “angry” about the attack, and worries about the effect it will have on Waltman’s life. Waltman, a mother of three and grandmother to one and will likely be in the hospital for three to four months, followed by lengthy and uncertain rehabilitation. Waltman will also need help with her medical bills. County Animal Control has taken possession of the dogs and it’s uncertain if the owner will face charges. This incident is under investigation by the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office and Abbeville County Animal Control.
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