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Owner of pitbulls who attacked mom-of-three, 38, whose arms were amputated has been charged before

The owner of two pit bulls that ripped a woman’s arms off let them attack another man months earlier – and remarked on his pets ‘getting a taste for blood’ after they slaughtered his chickens. 

 Justin Minor, 36, remarked ‘Once a dog tastes blood, that’s it,’ after 11 other dogs were removed from his home in Abbeville County, South Carolina, at an earlier date.

He wanted to kill them after the animals slaughtered the family’s chickens, while his wife believed they should be trained. The couple ultimately compromised and asked animal control to take them away.

Minor now faces multiple charges over his other animals’ attack on Kyleen Waltman, 38, who lost both arms and her colon after being savaged by two of his pets last month. 

And during a court appearance Thursday, prosecutor Jeffrey Hines revealed that Minor’s dogs had carried out yet another attack on Christmas Eve 2021.

The victim, Roy Ashley, had to be hospitalized afterwards, although further details of his injuries were not shared.

Prosecutor Hines said animal control had been notified of that attack, but that the dog or dogs behind the attack weren’t turned over.

It is unclear why no action was taken – and if those were the same dogs that later savaged Waltman, who remains seriously-ill in hospital.  

Justin Minor appeared in court on Thursday. He was charged with three counts of owning dangerous animal that attacked and injured a human, rabies violation and allowing dangerous animals off his property unrestrained in the March 21 attack

'She has survived this for a reason. So through prayers and Jesus Christ she will prevail. Kyleen has came a long way from where she was a month ago, till now.  And our family is very thankful for all of you for everything that you all have done to help not only Kyleen through this but, also her family. We will never be able to repay you all back for everything,' Wynn said

‘She has survived this for a reason. So through prayers and Jesus Christ she will prevail. Kyleen has came a long way from where she was a month ago, till now.  And our family is very thankful for all of you for everything that you all have done to help not only Kyleen through this but, also her family. We will never be able to repay you all back for everything,’ Wynn said

Kayleen Waltman, 38, had both arm amputated up to the shoulder, had her colon removed and her esophagus may have to be removed, according to her sister, Amy Wynne

Kayleen Waltman, 38, had both arm amputated up to the shoulder, had her colon removed and her esophagus may have to be removed, according to her sister, Amy Wynne

One of the dogs on Minor's property pictured here unleashed and roaming loose

One of the dogs on Minor’s property pictured here unleashed and roaming loose  

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Minor sat with his attorney, Charles Grose, during the 30-minute hearing. He remained inexpressive with his hands folded, partially covering his mouth, and family members sat nearby.

Minor’s attorney asked that the case against him to be dismissed, but  judge Magistrate Carolyn Brownlee sent the case to a grand jury for indictment, Fox Carolina reported. 

Last month, he was released on a $15,000 bond, and may still face a penalty of $5,000 or a sentence of three years in prison.

Also in the courtroom were Waltman’s mother and her sister, Amy Wynne, who made no statements. Some officers with the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office were also in attendance. 

Waltman had been walking from her boyfriend’s home to her mother’s house along Ball Road in Honea Path, a rural area about 80 miles northwest of Columbia, when the near-fatal attack occurred. 

Tanya Gilmer, Waltman’s best friend, told WGN Radio: ‘As far as I know, the dogs just jumped on her and you can actually see in the road if you go down there, where she fought the dog, trying to fight them off,’ Gilmer said. 

Local farmer and good Samaritan Avery Presley, had been driving his tractor when he saw Waltman in a ditch getting viciously attacked by the pack of dogs. He fired his gun into that prompted the dogs to flee, police said.

Gilmer told the radio station: ‘The dogs ‘pretty much ripped all the meat from [Waltman’s] arms,’ and that the woman now has ‘a hole in the back of her head.’

During the testimony, Hines said he was not certain that the animals involved in the December incident were the same ones that were euthanized after the attack on Waltman last month.  

Hines said Minor learned of the attack when deputies contacted him at work. When he arrived at the scene, he told deputies that they could take the dogs and put them down,  WFFY reported. 

Animal control officers said previously they took a total of 11 dogs from Minor’s property.

At the hearing, Hines said a neighbor told deputies that Minor said, ‘those dogs will bite anyone.’ 

One of Minor’s neighbors told investigators that he was afraid to go outside when the dogs were out, and that he would carry a stick to for safety.

‘Once a dog tastes blood, that’s it,’ Hines recounted Minor telling deputies on scene.

He also said the none of the dogs that were running loose around the suspects property had been vaccinated for rabies.

A mugshot of Minor when he was arrested by deputies from the Abbeville County  Sheriff's Office. He was released on a $15,000 bond, and may still face a penalty of $5,000 or a sentence of three years in prison

A mugshot of Minor when he was arrested by deputies from the Abbeville County  Sheriff’s Office. He was released on a $15,000 bond, and may still face a penalty of $5,000 or a sentence of three years in prison 

In court, Abbeville County investigator Jeffery Hines spoke of another dog attack that happened on Minor's property that took place around Christmas Eve.

In court, Abbeville County investigator Jeffery Hines spoke of another dog attack that happened on Minor’s property that took place around Christmas Eve.

Hines, who went to visit Waltman in the ICU a few days after the attack described it is ‘one of the more gruesome animal attacks I’ve ever seen in my career.’ 

He added: ‘She had bites from her top of her head to the bottom of her feet, including her whole entire body,’ he said.     

 The dogs were later seized by Abbeville County Animal Control, and the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office and were euthanized and sent away for testing.

Waltman has since undergone more than 10 surgeries. Waltman’s sister, Amy Wynne started a GoFundMe to help raise money for her sister’s medical care, and to provide regular updates on her sister’s condition. 

On Wednesday, Amy Wynne, Waltman’s sister wrote: ‘Kyleen went through surgery good. Her left leg is giving not only her but the doctors a fit. The infection in it is the same infection that she has had throughout her whole body, but for some reason the infection in her leg they can’t stop from spreading. So they are going to leave the pump on it for a little while longer.’

She added: ‘Ok, we thought her right shoulder was going to be good and they were able to fit it with a prosthetic, well yesterday they found an infection in the bone and had to remove more of the bone. So now she will not be able to have regular prosthetics on either shoulder. The doctors have told Kyleen once again about her arms and about most of the damage the dogs had done. She is now fully aware of the situation. She still has a long way to go.’     

A GoFundMe has raised nearly $230,000 with nearly 5K donations nearing their goal of $300,000.

Wynne added:  ‘She has survived this for a reason. So through prayers and Jesus Christ she will prevail. Kyleen has came a long way from where she was a month ago, till now.. And our family is very thankful for all of you for everything that you all have done to help not only Kyleen through this but, also her family. We will never be able to repay you all back for everything.’

Minor’s attorney did not respond to DailyMail.com request for comment. 

His next court appearance is on Friday, May 6 at 10 am, a clerk at Abbeville General Sessions Court told DailyMail.com on Friday.

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