Lawyer for dog attack victim speaks out on struggling to progress

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – We continue to investigate dogs running loose and attacking neighbors upstate.

Last month we told you about dogs attacking a man named James Pittman near Skyline Road in Spartanburg County in Greer. These dogs were impounded to be checked for rabies and returned. Read about it here.

On follow-up, we discovered that this had been happening for over ten years.

In 2019, we covered an attack near Gap Creek Road. Barbara Lee was bitten by five dogs while attending a funeral and honoring her husband at WoodLawn Memorial Park, Greer. The dogs belonged to the same couple: Daisy and Timothy Chad Anderson.

Lee’s attorney, Wes Kissinger, is still suing three years later. The lawsuit was filed in 2021. There is a default judgment, as Daisy did not respond. She was subpoenaed for a deposition, she was served and she didn’t show up. Kissinger also represents Daisy’s owner.

“Ms. Lee has nearly $20,000 in medical bills. She has permanent nerve damage in her left leg. She had to have a series of rabies shots,” Kissinger said.

Daisy Anderson has a criminal history and took the bulk of the complaints, citations and fines. At the time, his last name was Lawrence. And the dogs were with her at an address on Gap Creek Road. The name rang a bell for Kissinger.

“Curiously, I remembered that I had actually chased Daisy Ann Lawrence years ago in a dog attack near the same spot,” Kissinger said.

We spent hours going through Kissinger’s Freedom of Information Act filing documents. Daisy has been subpoenaed at least twice. And at one point, she had five arrest warrants. Two declarations of surrender are documented.

On the day of Lee’s attack, reports show an officer was interrogating Daisy from the back of a police cruiser while she was arrested on outstanding warrants. She still wouldn’t return the dogs and no explanation of how they got out.

“The Spartanburg County code spells out what those violations are and what the penalties are,” Kissinger said, “And then they prosecute that. I don’t think the law necessarily contemplates a serial offender.

And that’s why the victims are going through such a difficult time. The crime is a misdemeanor. It goes like this: you are fined or you go to jail for up to 30 days. Then, as Kissinger explains, the cycle continues over and over again. He says he doesn’t have high hopes that Lee will be compensated.

“That’s the problem with this kid from the case. We can get a judgment against Ms. Anderson, but perceiving it is something completely different. She already has judgments pending against her, which have not been paid,” Kissinger said.

The Andersons racked up $12,000 in unpaid fines.

According to Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement reports, at least eight different dogs have been involved in attacks over the years. Complaints range from being bitten, to running free, to no visible rabies tags.

Kissinger knows this is an ongoing battle.

“I have a commitment to Ms. Lee. She’s a wonderful woman. And she’s been through a lot,” Kissinger said, “So I’m going to follow this through for sure, regardless of the financial outcome.”

We tried to contact the Andersons by leaving a letter in their mailbox. There was no response. Someone claiming to be Timothy Anderson’s brother reached out. We were supposed to sit down and talk, but they stopped responding. We will keep trying.

Daisy Anderson is still in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. She was sentenced to 90 days.

We’ll be there for Daisy’s next court date in November.