The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and Saint Frances Animal Center (SFAC) are hoping someone can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who threw tape-bound dogs in the International Paper Co. canal on Brick Chimney Road this week.
A $2,500 reward for the information is being offered by SFAC and the Humane Society of the United States has also announced a $2,500 reward.
SFAC Director Wendy Goude said Pet Helpers of Charleston gave the first $200 to get the center’s reward fund started. She also said donations are being accepted to help increase the reward.
Goude said she believes the bigger the reward “our chances increase in catching this person.”
“Only an especially depraved person could commit such a malicious act of cruelty toward multiple animals,” said Kim Kelly, The HSUS’ South Carolina state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."
The most recent incident happened Thursday at around noon when a 29 year old Andrews man called 911.
According to an incident report, the man said he was fishing when he "smelled and saw two floating objects in the water and when he checked closer he found two deceased dogs."
The report says it the dogs looked to "have come from upstream and gotten stuck there."
Just like the case earlier in the week, the muzzles and legs of the dogs were bound with duct tape.
The dogs found Thursday were a large yellow lab mix and a smaller boykin spaniel.
Because of the state of decomposition, its believed the dogs had been in the water for quite some time.
On Monday, a bound black lab was saved by emergency workers after she was found by fisherman.
That dog, named Dara, is recovering nicely and more than 100 people have expressed interest in adopting her.
It’s unknown when Dara can be adopted.
Goude said investigators think Dara and the other two dogs were dumped in the canal at the same time and Dara is now evidence, so to speak, in the investigation into the dog deaths. Goude said because of that she is unsure when Dara can be placed for adoption.
If anyone has any information about who may be responsible for these crimes, please call the Sheriff's Office at 546-5102.
To donate to the reward fund or to help with Dara’s medical expenses, you can visit the Saint Frances Animal Center Website — www.sfanimals.org — or can call at 546-0780.
You can also stop by the center at 125 Ridge Street in Georgetown.
By Scott Harper
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