The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit who shot a dog in the leg at close range, and abandoned two other puppies at Adams Run stated the organization's Facebook page early Saturday morning.
The dogs were discovered by a Charleston County Sheriff's deputy on June 15 living on an abandoned property. They were transported to the Charleston Animal Society. One of the dogs, who is now named Roscoe, was shot at close range. Veterinarians found 60 bird shot pellets in his leg and were forced to amputate Roscoe's right front leg as a result of the damage. He is currently recuperating and will be going to foster care until he recovers.
Roscoe had been left tethered by a 20-pound chain; the food and water were out of his reach. According to abcnews.4, Charleston Animal Society Animal Cruelty and Outreach director Aldwin Roman stated:
"This is a terribly sad case. Not only was Roscoe shot, but while he was in agonizing pain, he was weighed down by this chain that was almost as heavy as he is."
The two puppies were abandoned with no food or water and were trapped in elevated wire crates.
The puppies have since been adopted. Roscoe, despite the cruelty inflicted upon him, is reported to be extremely sweet and forgiving.
Under felony animal cruelty laws in South Carolina, the owner of these dogs could face abandonment of animals, failure to provide food and water, and felony animal cruelty charges. South Carolina animal cruelty laws state:
"§ 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally.
(B) Whoever tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done for any of the offenses is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars."
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