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DILLON, S.C. (AP) -- An employee of South Carolina's environmental agency is in a coma after he was attacked by a two pit bull dogs in Dillon County.

Sheriff's Capt. Cliff Arnett says an employee of the Department of Health and Environmental Control was working in a rural area Tuesday when he encountered the dogs.

The man managed to call 911. He is listed in critical condition in a hospital. A family member says he has been put into a medically induced coma. The man's name has not been released.

Deputies shot the dogs and will test them for rabies.

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