Sumter couple involved in throwing Chihuahuas over SPCA fence identified

Sumter couple involved in throwing Chihuahuas over SPCA fence identified
Elizabeth Samuel

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A Sumter woman is out on bond after she and her husband were accused of throwing 4 Chihuahuas over the fence of Sumter SPCA earlier this month.

56-year-old Elizabeth Taylor Samuel, of Sumter, was charged with four counts of ill treatment of animals after turning herself in on Thursday morning.

Elizabeth Samuel
Elizabeth Samuel

Surveillance video provided by Sumter SPCA shows Samuel and her husband driving up to the gate of the SPCA property on South Guignard Dr. on March 2.

The video showed both of the subjects exiting the vehicle, with at least one of the individuals throwing the dogs over the fence.

Samuel told investigators that her husband plans on turning himself in next week when he returns to Sumter from working out of town.

Samuel told investigators she and her husband took the dogs to SPCA because the animals repeatedly escaped from an enclosure at their residence. She said the dogs were tossed over the fence when they realized the organization was closed for the night.

Officials say two of the dogs died sometime after they were tossed over the fence and escaped into the roadway.

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis would like to thank individuals who reported about the incident.

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