SC dad breaks down while talking about dog attack that ripped daughter's scalp
By WCBD News
6 year-old Kayla Smith (Photo from WCBD)
GOOSE CREEK -
According to eyewitnesses, 6 year-old Kayla Smith was attacked Sunday by two dogs in a Goose Creek neighborhood.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said they are investigating the incident but have not released a repot yet. Berkeley County Animal Control said they responded to the scene of the attack and see no violation of the animal control ordinance and therefore no charges will be made.
Kayla is listed in fair condition at MUSC. She remains in ICU after a four hour surgery to re-attach her scalp Sunday.
According to Berkeley County Animal Control, Kayla was on the neighbor's property when the dogs attacked.
"They heard the dogs barking and it sounded like a little child screaming so they got up and went around back and found out it was my daughter," said Edward Smith, Kayla's dad.
Kayla's father tells WCBD she has played with the dogs before. This time it seems they dragged her to the opposite side of the yard where she was being attacked.
"They drug her to the other side of the yard. One had her foot, one had her head. They got up and she was covered in blood," Edward Smith said, his voice breaking and tears flowing.
The neighbor, owner of the dogs, heard her screaming and helped rescue her away from the animals.
During an interview on Monday, dad Edward Smith broke down crying when he explained the family lacks health insurance for Kayla.
Berkeley County Animal Control released the following statement Monday: On Sunday, March 9, 2014 Berkeley County Animal Control investigated a dog bite incident on a 6 year old child at 145 Rahway Road Goose Creek, SC after being contacted by a relative of the child that was attacked. Animal Control determined that the child entered the backyard where the two dogs were housed. The dogs were not at large or running loose.
Animal Control filed an incident report that was sent to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the agency that handles rabies concerns. The dogs' owners were told by Animal Control of the mandatory quarantine process that is required by DHEC.
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