MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach man has been slapped with heavy fines for the mistreatment of a canine after a pit bull was found without her pups in near freezing temperatures.
A Myrtle Beach Police incident report states one police officer arrived at the Animal Emergency Hospital on Monday, March 4 to find the pit bull that had been abandoned the night before.
The adult female was "emaciated with visible rib and hipbone outlines...still producing milk as if she had just recently had puppies," but her puppies were not found.
The officer noted in the report that not only was the dog in poor health, but she was bleeding in two spots, appearing to have gone without food for several days.
Her owner could not be found near the dog house which the canine could not reach from her short leash. The report states on the night she was found, temperatures were measured below the freezing mark.
Police officers interviewed neighbors who indicated the dog's owner had tied her up before moving out of the apartment on Highway 15.
Just a week later 25-year-old Jacquan Dontari Fulton was charged with the ill treatment of animals and mistreatment of abandoned animals. He was given $938 in fines.
The report did not indicate if the puppies were ever found.