Beaufort News

Owner charged after bull mastiff bites toddler

A 24-year-old Port Royal woman was arrested Wednesday for owning a bull mastiff that bit a toddler over the weekend.

The woman was charged with a misdemeanor count of owning a dangerous animal that attacked or injured a human.

She was released from jail Wednesday on her own recognizance, according to the county's jail log.

According to Port Royal Police, a woman said her 17-month-old son was playing in the backyard of their home on Pennyroyal Lane when she noticed the neighbor's bull mastiff had the child by the leg, and was trying to drag it under the fence.

After a brief struggle, the dog released the child, who was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with cuts on his leg from the bite, said Staff Sgt. Andre Massey, Port Royal Police spokesman.

The same dog was involved in a bite incident in October, Massey said. He could not provide details on that incident.

If convicted, the bull mastiff's owner faces up a $5,000 fine and up to three years in jail, according to state law.

She would also have to pay the victim's hospital bills, state law stipulates.