ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 cash reward to help find whoever is responsible for duct-taping a dog's mouth shut and abandoning him, allowing it to starve to death.
A passerby found the dog with its mouth bound with white duct tape near Salley in Orangeburg County on Sunday.
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Orangeburg County Animal Control officials say the dog appeared to have starved to death and was thrown away at the location.
"Taping a dog's mouth shut and allowing the animal to starve to death is heartbreakingly cruel and also a serious crime," HSUS State Director Kim Kelly said. "We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this despicable act."
The organization is offering the reward for any information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of a suspect. The reward was doubled from $2,500 after a donation from a HSUS board member.
Orangeburg County Animal Control is investigating.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call (803) 534-0045.