On Friday, three children have been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after a dog had been dragged by a chain, beaten and set afire in Awendaw, South Carolina. Just one week ago, 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.”
Elliot described 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. The youths – two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old, in addition to the felony animal cruelty charge, also face a count of ill treatment of animals and unlawful burning. According to the Post and Courier, the children are in the custody of the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston. Tips from the public led the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office to the suspects. A hearing will follow; their names have not been released because of their ages.
The dog was apparently dragged down the road tied tightly with chains wrapped around his muzzle, torso and legs. A necrospy has not confirmed whether the dog was dead or alive at the time he was burned; a single cause of death has not been determined.
(Photo of Awendaw area where three children have been charged in the burning of a dog provided by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office)
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