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Deputies arrest man for dogs found in Georgetown canal

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office has arrested 47-year-old Bobby Joe McConnell of Georgetown for the attempted killing of one dog and the cruel killing of two other dogs found at the IP Canal. 

McConnell was charged with 3 counts of ill treatment of animals after three dogs were found in a canal with their legs tied together with duct tape and their muzzle taped shut. Only one of the three dogs survived.

Bond was set at $15,000 for McConnell, who is currently locked up at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

Georgetown County Sheriff's investigators say they began their investigation immediately after Darra, the dog that was saved, was found on July 2 by following up on tips received from concerned citizens which led to the interviews of several witnesses.  Sheriff's investigators began looking into McConnell for being responsible for the deaths and attempted death after witnesses told investigators he made statements to them about how he was going to dispose of the dogs. 

As the investigation continued, sheriff's investigators say they interviewed witnesses who provided substantial information of McConnell making statements that he took the dogs off.  In addition, according to investigators, they learned Darra belonged to his daughter, one of the deceased dogs belonged to his mother-in-law and it is unknown at this time who owned the third deceased dog.

An incident report states that not only did witnesses provide information about statements made by McConnell, some also provided information which allowed investigators to establish a time line of McConnell's whereabouts and actions just prior to the July 2 discovery of Darra and after the discovery of the two deceased dogs.  All of this information combined with additional evidence compiled by sheriff's investigators led to the arrest of McConnell.

"Many of the leads and tips came to light during this investigation as a result of the immediate release of the incidents and the prompt publishing by the media," Sheriff A. Lane Cribb said." I would like to thank everyone who assisted during this investigation which allowed my investigators to conduct a thorough investigation and bring justice for three helpless and harmless dogs."

This case is still currently under investigation as sheriff's investigators continue to compile evidence against McConnell.

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