Barnwell dog attack leaves woman with injuries all over

Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 12:51 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 6:27 PM EDT
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BARNWELL, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Barnwell Police Department is investigating a dog attack that injured two women.

It happened Monday morning in the 100 block of Country Park Manor, according to an incident report from police.

Multiple surveillance videos show a pack of dogs chasing people in a Barnwell neighborhood. Months before, two people were attacked and hospitalized by dogs of the same owner.

A 48-year-old woman, Rose Hartzog, said she left her home and was walking to work. When she walked past a home, five unrestrained dogs ran out of the yard and attacked her, according to police.

Rose Hartzog, 48.
Rose Hartzog, 48.(WRDW)

We learned these dogs are a pack of 19 that live at a home on Country Park Manor.

A witness said she saw about five dogs attacking the victim, so the witness ran over and tried to help.

Police say she was able to get Hartzog away from the dogs.

An officer noted that Hartzog suffered bite marks on both legs, her arms, hands, face, and back, while the witness suffered a deep wound on the back of her left calf.

Emergency medical crews arrived and took Hartzog to a hospital for treatment. The witness drove herself to the hospital.

According to a city ordinance, there have been four incidents on file. For dogs to be removed from a home, there have to be three nuisance citations by the same dog.

That’s where things get tricky. Right now, it’s not clear which dogs are causing issues.

For the latest two victims, all they know is they’re recovering from a brutal dog attack.

Hartzog walks every day to get to Subway, where she’s worked for at least nine years.

“She is probably one of the kindest and most caring people I know,” said Subway Manager Bethany Lewis.

The single mother of five is always working to serve.

“Anything you need, she’s right there. Whether she’s having a bad day or not, she has a good word for you. She’s very caring,” she said.

On July 18, surveillance video from a business across the street shows the response to the brutal dog attack.

“This shouldn’t have happened,” said Lewis.

That’s because neighbors and businesses nearby say this has been an ongoing problem.

Surveillance video from March 17 shows the dogs sprinting off the property.

The business says this was another incident involving Hartzog.

Randy Reece is a local business partner nearby, he said: “I heard a loud scream, like screaming for her life. There were a couple of dogs attacking her, so I just jumped in front of her.”

Five days later, surveillance shows a man walking down the road, who is confronted by two large dogs.

The Barnwell police chief says there have been four other reports filed with the department involving the owner of the dogs but says the two incidents caught on camera weren’t filed.

“She is the absolute last person to deserve this,” said Reece.

The police chief says his officers will give out tickets or citations. That’s when it goes to a judge to determine if it is considered a nuisance. Then the judge can decide if they want the police to take the animals away.

We’re also told there hasn’t been an animal control officer in the city since February. Instead, they’re having every police officer take part as an animal control officer.

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