Family says woman mauled by dogs is clinging to life and that she’s been told about her amputated arms

We pray for Kayleen and hope she finds the strength to keep fighting for her life.


Kyleen Waltman, a 38-year-old mother of three from Honea Path, South Carolina, is fighting for her life after she was mauled by three vicious dogs near her home. The harrowing incident took place on March 21, and ever since, Kyleen is at the hospital, struggling to stay alive.

She could die at the scene had it not been for a farmer who noticed the dogs biting her. Luckily, he rushed towards Kyleen and fired his gun into the air to get them to disperse. Kyleen was then airlifted to the hospital where she has been treated for her severe injuries. Unfortunately, both her arms were amputated and her colon was removed, and now, her esophagus may have to be removed.

“She didn’t deserve it,” her sister Shenna said. “She was a good person. She helped everybody.”

Kyleen’s other sister, Amy Wynne, took to social media to post an update of Kyleen’s current condition and explain how the family is in need of finances to cover the huge medical bills, as well as of prayers. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

On April 4, Amy wrote:

“I’m sorry this is kind of late but it’s been hectic here lately.. Kyleen has been fully woken up and the doctors told her about her arms but, it caused her a great deal of a anxiety, so they sedated her. Her blood pressure is still very and she is running a fever of 102+ her oxygen levels keep falling so she’s back on the ventilator. Mama says it’s like she’s giving up. Before ya’ll go assuming we as her family are not giving up. The lord has brought her this far for a reason. Her story is not done. Now they have took off everything on the arms that now she can not have regular prosthetics. So here we are trying to figure out how to keep her from thinking negative thoughts about her life. I understand that for 38 years she’s had arms and now she doesn’t, how she’s thinking. She’s still fighting. Prayers are working and slowly she healing. We just have to wait and allow God and time to do their there. I appreciate all the comments and prayers. Please just keep her and us in your prayers. I will update again when I have more information.”

Following the attack, the dogs, two Pit Bulls and one mixed breed, got seized by the Abbeville County Animаl Control, and their owner, Justin L. Minor, was arrested and charged. He has since been released on a $15,000 bond.

We pray for Kayleen and hope she would find the strength to survive.