In another disturbing case of animal cruelty in Charleston, South Carolina, two humane organizations have joined together to offer a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for chaining a live dog to set on fire in Awendaw. According to Live5News, Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter announced on Wednesday adding a $1,000 to the reward along with the Humane Society of the United States’ reward of $5,000.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the Awendaw Fire Department were called to the front gate of the Center for Birds of Prey after the body of a burning dog was discovered. The dog was already dead.
“Somebody has burned a dog… it’s still burning,” Jim Elliot, Director of the Center for Birds of Prey reported in an emergency 911 call. “I know it’s got a chain on its neck from what I can tell, and I saw some kids walking away when I drove up. I don’t think it’s something we look like we should ignore.”
According to authorities, Elliot stated he saw four boys and two girls between the ages of 12 and 15 walking across the field where the dog was left to burn to death. Authorities suspect the children might have been involved in the egregious animal cruelty crime. The dog was apparently dragged down the road tied tightly will chains wrapped around his muzzle, torso and legs. A necrospy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of the dog’s death.
The photo of the area blackened by the fire where the dog was set on fire courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or the Charleston County Animal Control Office at 843-529-5319.
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