In Gaffney, South Carolina, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man who wrapped his puppy’s mouth and leg in duct tape and then posted the animal cruelty photo on Snapchat. William Wendell Harpe III, 32, was arrested on April 3 after an investigation of alleged animal cruelty and has been charged with the ill treatment of animals and providing false information to authorities.
According to AZFamilyNews, Harpe told investigators he wrapped the puppy’s mouth and leg “to keep from getting bitten” while he removed staples from the dog’s ears. Harpe claimed the dog’s ears were cropped by a veterinarian, but was never able to verify his story no provide the name of the veterinarian. The Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation in early March after they were shown a photo from the social media platform Snapchat.
In a subsequent interview with AZ Family, Harpe stated the tape was wrapped in such a way the first layer was not stuck to the dog. He also claims he has rescued many dogs and was confident all charges would be dropped.
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(Photos provided of puppy’s mouth in duct tape by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.)
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