News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) - Pictures are all Curtis Holmes has now.
"Had him since he was a puppy, had him before i had my children," he said to News 12.
But two nights ago, his best friend's life was cut short. Holmes was playing with Dexter in his back yard when he saw three dogs he'd never seen before.
"My dog approached me as i was walking off, he saw them, they saw me, they ran and he kind of sniffed where they were and he kind of ran after them," he said.
Holmes followed and was shocked at what he saw next. His dog, attacked and lying lifeless on the ground, just feet from his front porch.
"That's probably the most frustrating thing is, how am i going to explain to my four-year-old that his dog's gone," Holmes said.
The very next day North Augusta animal Control came to investigate
Officers found and killed one of the dogs involved in the attack, and they're still patrolling for the many others.
"There are obviously more, i don't know how many more," he said.
Neighbors in Hammonds Ferry say they've seen the dogs too, more often just this past week
"I wished that if the people who say they saw them, more people would have called, we could have maybe had something done differently," he said.
Holmes has advice for those in the area so they don't have to lose a precious life like he did.
"don't let your dogs run, if you're taking them outside, keep an eye on them, be close to them, even doing that, it didn't work out so good," Holmes said.