GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A man has been charged after a pit bull was injured when she was dragged behind a truck Friday afternoon, according to Greenville County Governmental Affairs Coordinator Bob Mihalic.
Mihalic said Roger Owens of Marietta is charged with cruelty to animals and will go before a judge on Dec. 20.
Witnesses say the year-old dog was badly injured when she was dragged behind a truck Friday afternoon, only surviving because the rope broke.
Her toenails were torn from her back feet and the wounds to her knees are so deep the tendons are exposed.
The pit bull, now named Andra Grace, is starting to heal following surgery and a transfusion. The name was chosen for her because it means courageous and beautiful.
The dog wound up at the Upstate Veterinary Specialists hospital in Greenville -- and came to the attention SNARR, Special Needs Animals Rescue and Rehabilitation.
"Animal Control brought her in," Cynthia Saracino, SNARR volunteer said. "She was wrapped in a blanket and she was severely injured. As you know, she had been drug behind a pickup truck. Fortunately the rope broke."
"Andra Grace has had a rough past week. They don't know who was doing that, but there is an effort to help her heal quicker," Dr. Brandon Adley, with Upstate Veterinary Specialists, said.
Veterinarians said there are signs that this may not have been the first time the dog was abused.
Adley said, "I don't know if that was intentional or not, but there are some signs of old injuries, unfortunately."
"She has a lot of reasons not to trust at this stage right now. To see how she behaves around people and how she accepts them and gives them kisses off right off the bat, it's pretty incredible, so she's a pretty special dog," Dr. Matt Ritter, with Upstate Veterinary Specialists said.
SNARR is offering a reward of $2,000 for information in the case.
Witnesses told rescuers that the truck that dragged the dog was a white, older model Ford pickup truck. The year-old pit bull was found in the Marietta area at Hart Cut Road and Wildwood, witnesses said.
"It's not clear how long it will take before she is ready for a new home, but SNARR will keep people posted through their Facebook page and their website.
There is also a fundraising page to help with the cost of the medical care for Andra Grace.