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Neighbors react to recent dog attack on DHEC employee and stray dogs in Dillon neighborhood

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One of many dogs seen wandering through the area where a DHEC employee was attacked.  Editor's Note: This dog was not involved in the attack. One of many dogs seen wandering through the area where a DHEC employee was attacked. Editor's Note: This dog was not involved in the attack.
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DILLON, SC -

People living in the Dillon neighborhood where an employee of the South Carolina's Environmental Control (DHEC) agency was attacked, are not the only ones occupying this community.

Rather they are accustomed to sharing it with the stray dogs who have called the neighborhood home.

It comes as a surprise to them to hear that a DHEC employee was viciously attacked on Tuesday on Wilderness Place Road.

"Back here? Because everybody that is back here has their dogs either on leashes or in the house," said Jaquan Davis, who lives down the street from where the incident took place.

Preston Benjamin who also lives down the street from where the attack took place says he's seen packs of stray dogs that wander.

He says the reason for the excess of dogs is the construction work on a lot, which became a breeding ground.

"I'll see about 15 run about 7 in that group, about 7 in that group running that way and all through the buildings out there and down the street. Sometimes they're coming down the street," mentioned Benjamin.

While the dogs are loose, neighbors say that they are overall harmless.

"Dogs around here are really not a problem so where I heard it from its private property, she keeps her dogs in her house," said Davis

"To blame what happened yesterday on the pit bulls, I don't think that's right. If there would have been a pit bull on this road, we would have seen him sooner or later," said Matson.

Some neighbors are prepared, so the same thing won't happen to them.

"I keep my gun alert and shoot at them. Something like that, to scare them off," chuckled Benjamin.

The Dillon Animal Shelter says it's received numerous calls to that particular neighborhood regarding the stray dogs.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Deputies shot and killed the dogs that attacked the DHEC employee, who is still in a coma in critical condition.

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