Suspect sought for throwing tied-up dog into Georgetown canal

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for tying up a dog and throwing her into a Georgetown County canal.

At 8:49 p.m. on Monday, deputies responded to the intersection of Brick Chimney Road and the International Paper Canal. The sheriff's office says people were preparing to fish when they heard some splashing.

A female dog, similar to a black lab, was found to be struggling in the water with its muzzle duct taped.

With the use of ladders by county fire personnel, the dog was rescued from the water. Upon inspection of the dog, the dog's muzzle was verified to be duct taped and both its front and hind legs bound.

The animal was taken to St. Frances Animal Shelter for treatment.

Anyone that has any information regarding the incident or the individual responsible for this act of animal cruelty is urged to call the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office at (843) 546-5102. Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text enabled cell phone, and text the word "GCSOTIP" followed by your message.

Pet Helpers is offering a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever duct taped the dog. Investigators say the dog had been hit in the head with either a screw driver or a hammer. The number for Pet Helpers is (843) 795-1110.

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