GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - A deep cut at the top of her head is the only physical sign of torture left on Dara the dog.
Dara was brought to the Saint Frances Animal Center on Monday after the dog was found bound with duct tape and left for dead in the waters of the International Paper Canal.
Randy Elliot says he was fishing Monday when he saw Dara's head pop up in the water.
"She was bound from head to toe," recalls Elliot, who says the dog had to be in the water at least an hour. "Her feet were taped, her back legs were taped, her mouth was taped. Everything was just taped."
Dara was rushed to the animal center.
"[Dara] had some of the bone fragments you could visibly see, it was just a nasty gash," says Wende Goude, employee at the Saint Frances Animal Center. "She still had adhesion on some of her paws that you could tell where the duct tape was before they removed it."
Goude says that despite the abuse she has endured, Dara is still very affectionate.
Officials from the office are linking this case of abuse to two other dogs that were found in the canal Thursday afternoon. The remains of a yellow medium-sized dog and a small black dog were found bound in a similar fashion.
A reward of $2,500 is now being offered for any information regarding the three instances of animal abuse.