Woman loses both arms in ‘vicious dog attack’ | KLBK | KAMC

ABBEVILLE COUNTY, South Carolina (WSPA) – A woman was airlifted to hospital following a “vicious dog attack” Monday morning in South Carolina.

According to the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded at 10:30 a.m. at a house in the township of Honea Path. Once there, they found Kyleen Waltman seriously injured.

Witnesses told deputies that three dogs attacked Waltman.

“She was driving home from her boyfriend’s house to her mum’s house, and as far as I know the dogs just jumped on her and you can actually see on the road if you go there, where she has fought the dog, trying to fight them off,” said Tanya Gilmer, Waltman’s best friend.

Emergency responders also arrived and began providing care. Waltman was airlifted to hospital.

Tanya Gilmer (left) and Kyleen Waltman (courtesy Tanya Gilmer)

On Tuesday evening, Gilmer said Waltman was in critical but stable condition in intensive care.

“They pretty much ripped all the meat out of her arms and she has a hole in the back of her head. She lost her colon. She lost both her arms. She’s going to have to lose her esophagus, and they saved her legs,” Gilmer said.

” I am still shocked. The pictures of her broke my heart, but regardless, she’s still the same beautiful Kyleen to me,” said Gilmer, who has been friends with Waltman for three decades. “She will always be the same beautiful Kyleen to me.”

Deputies said a witness managed to scare the dogs away. Gilmer said the man was forced to fire a gun to get the dogs to disperse.

“I’m absolutely grateful to whatever guy stopped by and helped her out,” said Mark Gymer Jr., Waltman’s cousin. “Praise the Lord for his presence.”

Gymer said he was “angry” about the attack and worried about the effect it will have on Waltman’s life.

“There are never answers to a situation like this. The only thing I can hope for is that Kyleen pulls through and can lead a somewhat normal life the way she can,” he said.

Waltman, a mother of three and grandmother of one, will likely be hospitalized for three to four months, followed by rehabilitation, according to Gilmer.

“She’s alive. She’s a fighter. She’s going to fight through this. I know her. She’s going to fight,” said Gilmer, who added that Waltman will need help with his medical bills.

She and Gymer also asked for prayers.

“Just pray for her and my cousins, my aunt. Actually, my whole family really,” Gymer said. “If everyone prayed for her and the rest of the family. I can only imagine the changes in her life that she is going to have to go through with this whole situation,” he said.

“She’ll be fine. There will be no ifs,” Gymer said.

Kyleen Waltman
Kyleen Waltman (Courtesy of Tanya Gilmer)

Waltman worked at a restaurant – Lou and Perry’s – in Honea Path. Relatives said management pulled out a jar to help raise money for Waltman’s hospital bills.

Abbeville County Animal Control has taken possession of the dogs. It is not yet known whether or not the owner will face charges.

This incident is still under investigation by the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office and Abbeville County Animal Control.

Martin E. Berry