Berkeley Co. deputies cite owner of two dogs that attacked and killed cat

Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 7:43 PM EDT
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LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has cited the owner of two dogs that attacked and killed a family’s cat in Ladson.

Deputies had been searching for the owner, but the sheriff’s office say the owner came to the Berkeley County Animal Center to reclaim the dogs who were taken into custody following the attack.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carli Drayton said the owner was issued six citations in relation to the deadly attack.

“The owner is required to appear in court before a judge and the judge will decide the outcome of this case,” BCSO officials said. “It should be noted this is the first-time offense with these particular dogs and their owner.”

The attack happened on Sunday morning, and it was all caught on camera.

The family said the cat, Jasmine, was napping by their front porch like she did every day.

“Two pit bulls had Jasmine, and by the time I looked out I couldn’t save her, she was already gone,” Janice Campbell, the cat’s owner, said. “I saw a lot of blood, and I saw them playing tug of war with her body.”

The family then called 911 and Berkeley County Animal Control.

“They just stayed here ripping her apart for about an hour,” Campbell said.

Once animal control officers arrived, they took the two dogs into their custody.

“The animal control guy was very kind, very compassionate,” Campbell said. “I couldn’t collect her remains, so he collected her remains for me, put them in a bag for me, and it meant so much to me because it was such a mess. I don’t think I could’ve picked her up.”

“I miss her," Campbell said. "I haven’t been able to come out the front door, because she’s not here to greet me. They had to come out and check the mailbox for me.”

She added that the family is going to plant jasmine right at the spot she is buried.

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