SC sheriff: 'Good old boys' poisoned my dog over politics

CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - An investigation is underway after the newly-elected Chester County sheriff says someone came to his home and poisoned his dog.

Sheriff Alex Underwood, who was sworn into office as Chester County's first black sheriff just two weeks ago, says his 19-month-old German Shepherd was poisoned on Sunday.

The sheriff says after attending the Martin Luther King, Junior parade on Sunday, he returned home to find something noticeably wrong with his dog, AJ. By Monday morning, AJ was dead.

Underwood says someone laced meat with poison and fed it to the dog while the family was at the parade in Chester.

"I don't think anybody actually drove down into the driveway but I think they came into the gate and gave it to him," Underwood said. "To me that's a cowardly act, and to be honest with you - I'd much rather they come deal with me."

Underwood doesn't mince his words when it comes to who he thinks killed his dog. "These what we call 'the good old boys' around here," he said. "They not men, they cowards and I'll tell any of them."

The sheriff says he knows who's behind the dirty deed. And his answer as to why, points straight to politics.

"There's a small group of people here in Chester County that think they run everything the way they want it to be run and for who they want it to be run for. And those days are over."

The sheriff says this incident is being investigated just like any other crime.

In the meantime, he has another reminder for the group he says is responsible.

"We're gonna enforce the law, the law's made for everybody not a certain few. We're gonna treat people as nice as they let us and as mean as they make us."

The sheriff says AJ was in training to join the department's K-9 unit.

If you have information about this case, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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