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No Charges In Death Of Amputee Mauled By Dogs

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say no charges will be filed in the death of an 80-year-old South Carolina double-amputee mauled to death by dogs earlier this month.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Tuesday that the four dogs that attacked Carlton Freeman on May 8 in Harleyville were feral and did not belong to anybody.

Both of Freeman’s legs had been amputated below the knee. Authorities said that he was dragged from his wheelchair and mauled by the dogs. He died four days later at a local hospital.

Deputies said the sheriff, local prosecutors, animal control workers and the coroner investigated before deciding not to press charges against anyone.

Authorities said both the victim and later his family had asked that no charges be filed.

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