NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The reward money is growing for whoever can help county officials track down the person who shot a puppy at close range and left him for dead in Ravenel.
The Charleston Animal Society has been treating Chance, a 7-month-old Hound puppy, who was found and brought into their shelter by a good samaritan.
Part of his front left leg was blown off and his body riddled with pellets from bird shot.
An anonymous donor has added $1,500 to the reward pot. It is now up to $2,500 and will go to whoever can help the Charleston Animal Society find out who shot Chance.
Live 5 spoke with the shelter's cruelty investigator Friday, he says they're working with the Charleston County Animal Control to track down whoever did this.
They've been given several tips and have honed their investigation into a trailer park in Ravenel, where they believe may be where the person who did this lives.
The investigator says that from some of their tips, it's also been determined that Chance may have been injured with that wound for over a week before he was found on the side of a road.
As of Friday, Chance was doing well and being moved to a foster home to continue to gain strength. Shelter officials tell us the leg is healing but he's still unable to walk on it. They'll decide in the next week if it needs to be amputated.
He's still a few weeks out from being available for adoption.
The cruelty investigator tells Live 5 that depending on if this investigation proves the act was intentional, the person responsible could face a animal cruelty charge. That charge comes with up to 60 days in jail and between $100 and $500 in fines. That is, if this is their first offense.
If you know anything regarding this incident, please contact the Charleston Animal Society or Charleston County Animal Control.