BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County authorities are investigating animal abuse claims after a pit bull was found with serious injuries and transferred to a facility in New York to continue his treatment.
County officials say the investigation began on Feb. 1 involving a 14-month-old pit bull in the Cross area of Berkeley County.
“Berkeley County Animal Center received information about a dog that was possibly injured, and the owner failed to provide veterinary care,” county government officials said.
At that time, Berkeley County Animal Control started an investigation into the claims.
A report states that after speaking to the owner and seeing the dog in question, Berkeley County Animal Control took possession of the dog on Feb. 2.
The owner was cited for failure to provide veterinary care to an animal.
According to county officials, the dog was immediately taken to an emergency room veterinary for treatment.
Authorities say that after treatment, the dog was transferred to a rescue in New York to continue his treatment.
“Clearly, he looked like he was dragged for a very long time,” Co-Founder of Rescue Dogs Rock Stacey Silverstein said. “His paws were--his skin was pretty much off.”
According to a Rescue Dogs Rock Facebook post, skin on the dog’s paws was rubbed down and he had a massive hole in his chest that couldn’t be closed.
“This was serious, but unfortunately we see a lot of these types of cases," Silverstein said.
Silverstein said after several surgeries, the dog is in good spirits, but she is hoping officials do their best to find justice for the dog.
“I just hope the officials who know what has happened, they do something,” Silverstein said. "Gabe deserves that.
The investigation into the animal abuse claims are continuing.