LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) –A woman living in Ladson said she was horrified after two dogs attacked her family’s cat Sunday morning.
She reached out to News 2 saying her cat was sleeping in its own yard when two pit bulls ran into the yard and killed the animal.
The entire, graphic incident was captured on home security video along Temple Drive in the College Park subdivision.
“It is forever etched into our minds because we saw the whole thing,” she said.
Eight or nine years ago, ago Janice Campbell was living in Virginia where she rescued her cat, Jasmine.
“We had a large pack of feral cats that lived in the sewer
system in Virginia. I came home from work one day and my grandson, who was
about 8-years-old, had a silly look on his face lying in bed,” she recalled.
“He pulls the blanket back and there’s this little feral cat next to him. She had a chunk out of her ear and bald spots from the fleas.”
Jasmine has been part of the family ever since. That’s why what happened Sunday morning was so hard to witness.
“Sunday morning, around 10 o’clock, our dogs were barking, and Ashton checked the cameras. She was screaming ‘oh my god, oh my god, two pit bulls have Jasmine.’”
We won’t show you the entire video because it is incredibly disturbing and upsetting.
Ashton Hanna, who witnessed the attack, said, “I saw everything happen. And I couldn’t do anything but scream. Just yell, oh my God.”
They banged so hard on the window until the glass broke. But the dogs continued to attack.
“The main reason I wanted this story out is I don’t want this to happen to another person’s cat. If you were in your front yard, it was just a matter of seconds and my cat was gone. No one is safe with these dogs in the neighborhood,” said Campbell.
She said the dogs remained in her yard until animal control arrived.
Chief Deputy Jeremy Baker with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office told News 2 the dogs are currently being held at the Berkeley Animal Center and said the department has not been able to find or make contact with their owner.
The department, which handles animal control, sent us a statement saying in part:
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office handles animal control. They sent me a statement that says in part:
“The dogs were taken into custody and are currently being held, pending positive identification of their owner. Once investigators locate the proper owners, we do plan to file charges related to the attack.”
The heartbreak continues for Campbell and her family.
“This is our home. My cat had a right to sleep on her front porch. The dogs did not have a right to come in our yard and tear her apart.”
The owner of the dogs went to the animal shelter to claim his dogs. He was issued six citations including:
- 2 counts of animals at large.
- 2 counts public disturbance.
- 2 not having rabies tags.
It will be up to a judge to determine the outcome of this case. For now, the dogs are back home because there no other issues have been reported for these dogs or their owner.