In Laurens County, South Carolina, a local man was arrested on Tuesday after animal control officers found a dead dog chained alongside of a tree and another dog severely malnourished on the other side of the man’s property.
According to Fox News, William Jamaal Young, 30, has been charged with animal cruelty and malicious injury to animals. Tragically, according to the incident report, the last time the dogs were fed had been on September 16. Deputies found an empty bowl near the dogs. Authorities had been called to Young’s property on Lisbon Road after the dead dog was discovered chained to a tree.
A video, posted on the Facebook page of the Laurens County Animal Control showed the disturbing footage of the dead dog and the frightened surviving pup discovered on Tuesday.
“Everyday we deal with something like this,” the deputies stated in the video.
Laurens County Animal Control Supervisor Giles Gilmer said the owner just left the dog. Fortunately the surviving dog, who wagged her tail when she realized she was being rescued, is now being treated for starvation and hookworms. She is expected to survive.
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(Photos via the Laurens County Detention Center and Laurens County Animal Control.)
“Today I posted what our officers see almost everyday. Most of the time these animals are abandon and we cant find the owners.
Today when I pulled up and seen this dog laying their chained up and wrapped around a stomp dead I felt the need to share this.
This isn’t an isolated incident . We got lucky today and made someone accountable for their actions.
The same old excuse of we were feeding this animal doesn’t cut it.
A dog doesn’t get in this shape overnight . This is pure neglect.
I’m so grateful that the Deputy who responded and took the time and follow up and made the decision to arrest him.
This is the example our community needed to see of 2 agencies working together to seek a common ground,” wrote Officer Gilmer on the organization’s Facebook page just prior to posting the following video:
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