A Charleston shelter is offering a total reward of $15,000 for information on three dogs that were shot over the past month in Orangeburg County.
The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $5,000 reward in each case for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of those who shot the dogs.
“Through our No Kill South Carolina 2024 initiative, we remain committed to fighting cruelty wherever it exists,” said Joe Elmore, president and CEO of the Charleston Animal Society.
“We are angry and want those responsible for the shooting of these dogs arrested and prosecuted and we fully support law enforcement efforts to bring the culprits to justice,” Elmore said.
Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter contacted the Lowcountry organization for help, according to CAS.
The three injured dogs are:
• Sampson, who was shot in the face at close range on 25 January.
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CAS says someone found him that day in a roadside ditch in Orangeburg County.
Sampson received treatment at Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty. He underwent surgery to remove his left eye, which was damaged by the bullet.
“In total, Sampson was hospitalized at CVETS for nine days where he received 24/7 care from highly trained critical care nurses, veterinarians and surgical nurses,” according to the report. CASE.
• Marshall, a 10-month-old “sweet and friendly boxer puppy”, was shot on February 5, the CAS said.
CVETS performed a five-hour rear limb amputation. Marshall had to receive blood due to complications during the operation, the CAS said in a press release.
He is currently recovering well in a foster home at Columbia.
• Fred, a 3-year-old boxer, was found on Friday. Authorities believe the injured dog had been lying in a ditch for several days.
OCAC picked up Fred and took him to the shelter.
Rescuers filmed Fred walking with his front legs, but his two back legs were hanging behind. OCAC then took him to CVETS, where he has remained since his rescue on Friday. He would have to have at least one of his hind legs amputated.
Fred and Marshall will be sent to Helping Hearts & Healing Tails Animal Rescue in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania for permanent placement.
Sampson is safe at Noah’s Ark Rescue Project and Sanctuary in Upper Uwchlan Township, Pennsylvania.
CAS says each of the three cases appear to be “intentional acts of cruelty”.
According to SC state law, if a person is convicted of the crime of animal torture, they face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
To report case information, call Orangeburg County Animal Control at 803-534-0045 or the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office at 803-534-3550.
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