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August 25, 2015 08:35 AM

A woman is dead and two of her roommates are injured after the woman’s pit bull turned on them in their South Carolina home.

Investigators say Porsche Cartee, 25, of Spartanburg, died from dog bites to her head and body on Saturday, WYFF-TV reports.

“It’s such a horrible situation and our thoughts need to go out with the family, as well as the first responders that responded to the scene because any time they re dealing with situations like this it’s something that they have to deal with as well,” Jamie Nelson, director of Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement, tells the station.

Nelson says Cartee was killed when she stepped in to help fend off an attack against her older roommate. A third woman was able to pull the dog off Cartee and lock him in a secure location until authorities arrived.

Nelson also says there were children in the home at the time, but they were unharmed.

Patrick Powell, Cartee’s boyfriend of nearly 10 years, is heartbroken. He says he never liked the 7-to-10 year old pit bull. While Powell and Cartee, who went by “Nicole,” recently separated, he says they never agreed on her dog.

“Nicole loved that dog. Nicole treated that dog as if it was her baby. Me and Nicole bumped heads with that dog. Me and her family bumped heads with that dog. I said for years that dog is aggressive. That dog has got to be done with,” Powell tells WYFF.

The incident remains under investigation.

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