GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said a woman died after being bitten multiple times by her two dogs on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies were called to a home on Yale Street Thursday after the woman’s neighbor called 911 saying Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke, 52, of Greenville, was being attacked.
“I heard her screaming and, like I said, they were already splitting her in half. One dog was on one arm, one dog was on the other arm,” explained neighbor Denzel Whateside, who said he ran over to try and help.
Whateside and another neighbor, William Long, said they grabbed an axe and a crankshaft to try and get the dogs away from Burgess-Dismuke.
“I got to help her. That’s all I could think, I’ve got to help her,” Long said. “I’ve got to get them dogs off of her.”
When deputies arrived on scene, they found that the neighbor was able to get Burgess-Dismuke to safety and away from the dogs. Deputies said the woman was suffering from severe injuries and applied tourniquets to the victim’s arm to try to stop the bleeding.
Burgess-Dismuke was then taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
According to Coroner Kent Dill, Burgess-Dismuke received multiple severe dog bites to her upper body, which resulted in Burgess-Dismuke losing a large amount of blood.
The woman’s cause of death and manner of death is pending further study and test results, according to the coroner’s office.
According to sheriff’s office officials, Greenville County Animal Control was able to secure the dogs, which have been described as boxer mixes.
Investigators have since learned that Burgess-Dismuke was wrestling with her dogs in her front yard before they turned on her and became aggressive.
“I knew this day was going to come. I’ve lived out here for a couple of months and every day it was something with those dogs,” Whateside said.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner’s office are investigating the case.