RAVENEL, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge set bond Monday for a man accused of hitting a dog in the head with a shovel in an apparent attempt to kill it over the weekend in Ravenel.
David Beach, 41, was charged Sunday with ill treatment to animals after he hit a dog with a shovel on the head, according to an incident report.
Judge Amanda Haselden set a $100,000 bond for Beach Monday afternoon, saying she was concerned he could be a danger to others. Haselden ordered Beach to stay away from the woman who he was living with and to stay away from all pets and animals.
Deputies initially responded to a house in the 8000 block of Highway 162 around 6 p.m. Sunday. Beach told deputies he hit a one-year-old pitbull in an attempt to euthanize it, according to the report. Deputies said he also dug a hole in preparation to bury the dog, but it didn’t die.
The dog, named Xena, was later taken to an animal hospital where an emergency vet worried the dog may have suffered a fractured skull or broken ribs. The dog has since been taken to the Charleston Animal Society whose vets are administering her care. After an examination, CAS vets say Xena shows no signs of broken bones, which is very lucky considering the gravity of the incident. They say the dog has bleeding in her eye and swelling around the eye and face and has lacerations on her face and mouth.
“It’s just heartbreaking, but our team was ready to respond immediately and care for this adorable dog. She’s so forgiving,” said Joe Elmore, CAS President and CEO. “Right now she’s recovering well. Her prognosis is good, but she’s been battered up; she’s been injured.”
Beach told deputies the young pitbull had “behavioral issues” and was urinating inside the house, according to the report.
Deputies saw that the dog’s jaw was covered in blood and blood was coming from its nose before they arrested Beach.
The dog is being treated at the Charleston Animal Society, and veterinarians expect her to recover. She will hopefully be well enough to go to a foster family soon and one day be adopted.
Joe Elmore praised Judge Haselden for taking this case seriously.
He also pointed to South Carolina’s new animal cruelty law, which passed in June. “The new law will give a better understanding to magistrates and courts of the repercussions of animals cruelty. Because we know – documented over the last 30 years- that animal cruelty leads to human violence. Our state is rampant with violence. We’ve got to put an end to this. We’ve got to take this seriously.”