A Greenville man was charged for violating "animal care-general" after a Facebook photo went viral over the weekend, Fox Carolina reported December 16.
The photo began circulating Sunday after a concerned animal lover snapped a photo of a man hanging a harnessed dog over a balcony at McBee Station in downtown Greenville.
Facebook kept the debate alive all afternoon as those reading the post debated whether what the dog owner was doing would be considered illegal.
After Greenville Police Department and Greenville Animal Control were notified and an investigation held, it was decided that dog owner Tyler Austin Smith, 23, had broken city ordinance. According to the investigation, Smith is the son of the man who owns the dog. His father was out of town for the weekend.
Smith was fined $1,093 for a violation of the city’s animal care law, according to the citation. If convicted, the maximum by law is 30 days jail time.
Greenville Police spokesman Johnathan Brigg said in an interview with Greenville Online
“He was hanging by some type of cord. It was a harness around its body and around its neck.”
Readers, do you feel the fine, and possible jail time fit the crime? Your comments are welcome.