Reward of $6,000 for information on dog dragged, chained and set on fire while alive

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.

Read about the man sentenced to prison for taping a dog’s mouth shut with electrical tape.

Read about the woman who said she lived with 1,000 cats! 



32 replies
  1. Dianne Kafes says:

    I Hope You Find These mentally Deranged Murdering Punks , Before There Next Target Is A Human , Man , Women < Or A Child , And Throw There Butts In A Mental Hospital That They will Never Get Out of

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    FIND these maggot punks – they need to be held responsible for what they did to an innocent dog – these are dangerous out of control hunks of trash who should never be allowed to take another breath – I don’t care how young they are – their cruel actions speak for their mindset and with their lack of compassion and/or humanity toward another living being, they deserve NO CONSIDERATION BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE –

    • Silvia says:

      This is so horrific, I agree that besides the reward this needs to be investigated like you investigate human crimes, whoever did this is demented sicko, they should not mingle with society!

    • Julie Enos says:

      Yes I totally agree. These kids are psychopaths and psychopaths cannot be fixed. There is something wrong in their brain they are incapable of feeling remourse. They have no conscience. They will certainly progress to killing children, it is very likely that they could commit mass murders. I think it is so strange that an entire group of teenager psychopaths found each other. It is like they were all housed together somewhere and discovered that they all had wanted to torture an animal first then go on to killing. My heart goes out to animals everywhere that are being neglected and abused today. I pray that people that know of an animal or child or elderly person or anyone being neglected, tortured and abused will step up and go above and beyond to rescue the one being abused. People need to open their eyes, ears, and mouths. I know we were raised to mind our own business. But if I see something wrong I open mu mouth and say something
      And yes I am always told to mind my own business to which I reply
      ” That is my business ” step out people and protect the ones that cannot get away. Speak for the ones that have no voice.Be Their Voice. Remember it takes a Village.

  3. pennysdachshund says:

    12-15 years old !!!! Now this is National Enquirer New’s Fodder!!! SCUM–LORD’S OF THE SOUTH—VISIT SOUTH CAROLINA—BUT BE PREPARED AND CARRY A SEMIAUTOMATIC ,ROPE, FLAME RETARDANT CLOTHING::: YOUR ARE ENTERING OUR NATIONS FIRST AND FORMOST “ISIS’ INSPIRED STATE!!! BEWARE OUR KILLERS ARE NOT OF AGE TO BUY CIGARETT’S , CIGAR’S , ALCOHOL, so they may try and remove any of those items you may have for their own use!!! how PROUD this state should be of what the residents have spooned and turned lose to terrorize SOCIETY AND THE ANIMAL POPULATION!!!

    • Randy Castle says:

      As embarrassing and reprehensible as this act is , my wife andv I live in S.C. and have two babies that were rescued from people who did not treat them right and know several people who have done the same including ( I’m sure you will consider just a southern redneck action) one that was taken at gunpoint to save its life…redneck ? If so proud of it , but since live in such a perfect place …maybe we could all move there…..I have to ask : Just what have you done ? BTW : I would like to be the one who catches them…I promise I would show you some redneck !!!

  4. Belle says:

    They deserve to be tried as adults! Sorry bastards! Makes me sick to my stomach. DO NOT GO LIGHT OB THEM! Bullshit! That poor dog!!! Just awful…..when I was that age No matter how much peer pressure no one could ever talk me into such a heinous crime!!!

  5. Red says:

    It is scary the type of KIDS that are growing up to be so vile and evil…..and their sense of entitlement is sickening. Find these little monsters and dragged, abuse and put them away forever!

    • Julie Enos says:

      I say start looking in group homes, foster homes. Keep the eyes and ears open. One if them is going to brag to someone. Teachers look for groups of teenagers from a similar type of living class that have formed as a larger group of friends. Parents keep your eyes and ears open. Ask your children if they know of kid’s that hang together and always want to do bad things. Bullies
      Teach them to keep their eyes and ears open when they see or hear of kids wanting to do bad things. Tell them it is okay to tell a teacher or their parents when they see guns,knives,drugs,any kind of weapon or lighter fluid etc. You know the list. It is okay to tell it is expected that they will do the right thing and tell an aduly.

  6. Darla says:

    RIP sweet dog. I can’t begin to imagine how much you suffered. The punks who did this to you are the spawns of Satan.

    • Julie Enos says:

      And they burned him alive. RIP sweet dog. The psycopaths that did this will be found. One if not more of them will brag. And we hope the person they tell will tell an adult immediately

  7. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Those little Bastards need to be Found and charges with this horrible act. They will continue until they are stopped.

  8. Donna Rodriguez says:

    Doesnt this place have cameras or something that could identify the one’s responsible for this ??? But, you know , I’m sooo sick and, disgusted on all this shit because even of they did catch the persons or person who did this, they wouldnt do anything anyway sooo why even bother anymore all we do is get all freakin worked up about it for the courts to do nothing. I wish I could do something…. for the dog…. my heart hurts so bad every time I see or read articles of animal abuse and torture and, Id give anything to be able to do something myself or just to finally hear the courts finally punish the abusers , something worth wild…. something worth the pain that a person had inflected on a innocent animal and be able to say , atleast the poor dog got justice. But, it hasn’t happened and I really wonder if it really ever will……..

  9. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s disturbing to think the youth of today would do such a thing to an innocent dog, but from the stories we see of late, it’s entirely happening all too much. I hope they get to the bottom of what happened, someone needs to be held accountable!

  10. Mary Ann Clark says:

    If they can do such a horrific thing to another living being they need a life sentence in a adult prison!

  11. Diana Bradshaw says:


    • Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

      Since people who commit such wicked acts are probably sold out to Satan and, as his children, will most likely never repent and accept a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we don’t have to pray they will go to hell when their sinful souls are required of them. They have made that decision themselves by being children of Satan.

  12. Amara says:

    There is something very disturbing about the state of South Carolina when it comes to animals. Roadside bear pits, unattended with no food or water or medical attention, simply depending on the tourists who stop to see them and throw down junk food through the grates; deep in the woods pitbull and bear fights, with the bear being declawed and teeth extracted… name it. This is another example. Give me cross-dressers anytime rather than these cross-bred sickos.

  13. linda says:

    I would have no problem tying these “kids” to a tree and setting them on fire. They will continue on their abuse and cruelty to animals if not stopped.

  14. Cynthia Como says:

    It is said to be burned is THE MOST HORRIFIC AND PAINFUL WAT TO DIE! It’s more painful that any disease u can contract including cancer! And we all know that if caught there will be just that standard “fine and probation”,how does that equal the crime? Again the only reason these brutal abusers are arrested is to generate money for the courts and no punishment for the abusers! Where is the deterrant and the incentive to NOT repeat this horror again in the future? I have no other words to say about this,I’m too horrified!

  15. Adoptdontshop says:

    What is it with North Carolina in people killing dogs every time I read about a dog being killed it’s either in North Carolina or South Carolina I don’t get it people up there just not like animals to the dog that was burned and change your Justice will be found the kids to do this to you will be found and they can a hundred percent guarantee that it was the ones of her walking away from the seed that very same day and time rest in peace little guy even though you didn’t we didn’t know your name don’t feel like you weren’t wanted because you were if somebody else had you they would have loved you like crazy they would have never let you die the way that you did they wouldn’t never let you drive. Follow the road to the Rainbow Bridge and go and play with your friends in the fields with the Sun shining bright now honey and remember you were loved….. By many 😘😢👼💕💔💞💫🐕🐻🐾🐾🐾❣❣❣

  16. Laura van Rooyen says:

    We can not let kids get away with this they need to be stopped and if the parents are the same same for them, all people must stand up for animals and sort out these evil bastards!!!


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