Thursday, November 18, 2010

Investigator: Latta man killed by family dog

From WBTW

A Latta man whose body was found in a home on Skillet Road Wednesday was killed by the family's dog, Dillon County Sheriff's Office investigator Capt. Cliff Arnett said.

The dog is expected to be euthanized as soon as the legal process to do that is completed, Arnett said.
Dillon County Coroner Randy Grimsley identified the victim as Justin Lane.

Deputies removed a pit bull from the home during the initial phase of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The dog, which belonged to the family, did not have an apparent history of violence, Arnette said.

While there are still a "few more things to look in to," Arnett said he doesn't see any charges being filed as a result of the investigation.

Update November 18, 2010 5:28pm - The following article is from WAFB:

A dog has killed a 25-year-old man Tuesday morning, whose body was then found by a family member, according to officials with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office. Capt. Cliff Arnette, spokesman for the Dillon County Sheriff's Office, said the body of Justin Lane was found shortly after 11 a.m. in his home along Skillet Road in Latta.
Lane lived with his mother.
Arnette said the family has told investigators they have not had any problems with the one and a half-year-old pitbull.
The dog was not injured, as far as investigators could tell. According to Arnette, it is likely the dog will be put down.
They are not releasing the location of the dog, who is being detained at this time.
Authorities have taken the body to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for an autopsy.
WMBF News is working to learn more details surrounding the incident.

Update December 1, 2010 12:53pm - The following article is from WMBF:
 
Dog responsible for man's death euthanized

The family pit bull that killed a 25-year-old Latta man has been put down, according to the Dillon County Sheriff's Office.
Capt. Cliff Arnette, spokesman for the Dillon County Sheriff's Office, said the dog, named Smoke, was euthanized Tuesday.
On Nov. 16, the mother of Justin Lane found his body shortly after 11 a.m. in their home along Skillet Road in Latta. An autopsy confirmed Lane was killed by the family's one and a half-year-old pit bull.
Arnette said the family came to an agreement to have the dog put down. The family told police they had not had any previous problems with Smoke.
Smoke had not been injured in the incident.

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