Deputies: Fatally-injured dog may have been caught in controlled burn

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies are investigating the possibility a badly-burned dog who ultimately died of its injuries may have been caught up in a controlled burn.

Deputies have requested information from the county's forestry commission on controlled burns conducted for that part of the county during the time frame of the dog's injuries, Dorchester County Sheriff's Maj. Tony Phinney confirmed. But that data has not yet been finalized as of Monday, he said.

A good Samaritan was putting out food for her cat when the severely-burned dog wandered onto her porch, according to an incident report. She told Dorchester County deputies she had never seen the dog in the area before. Deputies then called the county's Animal Control and transported the dog to the Frances R. Willis SPCA for treatment and evaluation.

SPCA staffers said the dog suffered second and third-degree burns and was believed to have been doused in gasoline or motor oil. They estimated him to have been between one and two years old, SPCA spokesperson Kelly Harrold said.

The dog, who staffers named Michael, was transported to the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center where he ultimately died from his injuries, Harrold said.

A reward of $2,600 was offered from Crime Stoppers last week to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone who intentionally inflicted the injuries on the dog.

Phinney says they have not ruled out the possibility that someone intentionally burned the dog and says the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about the case, please call Dorchester County Animal Control at 843-563-0015 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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