A former Florence County, South Carolina, Councilman who spent 39 years of his life taking care of animals is in the intensive care unit at an area hospital after a dog attack during which he served multiple injuries.
Dr. Morris Anderson, 76, was attacked by several dogs, identified as Pit Bull/Lab, on Tuesday afternoon while locking a gate on his property in Florence County, his daughter Catherine Anderson Wyse said.
The retired veterinarian was bitten multiple times and suffered severe lacerations to his arms and legs, as well as a broken leg from the vicious attack.
“The dogs did not get his face. They tried to get to his throat but he was able to protect his face,” Wyse said.
“Right now, we don’t really know exactly how he’s doing because they’ve kept him in a medically induced coma to keep him comfortable and resting,” she said.
“We do know he’s got a very long, hard battle ahead of him. The doctors have told us they’re going to keep him sedated for several days and he’ll be in ICU for at least the next week to three weeks. Then, they’ll move him to a normal room. We’ll really just have to see as we go.” Wyss told SCNow.
Dr. Anderson’s brothers reportedly found him and called 911. He underwent emergency surgery Tuesday night and was in surgery again Thursday morning, Wyse said.
He is expected to need several more procedures as his doctors are concerned about infection. A plastic surgeon also has been consulted.
Florence County Environmental Control officials said an investigation into the incident is underway. They confirmed the request for the dog owner to quarantine the dogs at the owner's residence for 10 days, WBBW reports.
Florence County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Nunn said his office was not called to the scene or asked to investigate the incident.
Anderson first became a councilman in 2004 and was re-elected to his seat in 2008. He made the decision to step down from his position on council in 2012.
He was a veterinarian in Florence for 39 years before his retirement and has remained involved in animal and shelter issues in the area.