Charleston Animal Society: Large reward for information in cruelty charges

Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 at 12:44 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society says they are offering two separate rewards totaling $3,500 for information in two different animal cruelty charges.

The first case involves a kitten that was shot in the spine, while the second involves two guinea pigs that were found alive and caged in a dumpster.

In the case of the kitten, the animal society says a six-month-old black and white kitten was found having been shot with a pellet gun.

The kitten was found by a good Samaritan on Wednesday morning near a Citgo gas station at 5820 Dorchester Road in North Charleston, the animal society says.

“The pellet pierced the kitten’s spine, causing paralysis,” said Charleston Animal Society Chief Medical Officer Lucy Fuller, DVM. “He was in severe pain when he was brought to us.”

Fuller says the injuries were so severe that he had to be humanely euthanized.

There is a $2500 reward for anyone with information on the person or people who shot this kitten.

In a separate incident, the animal society says two guinea pigs were found in an apartment complex dumpster at 8118 Prestwick Drive. A citizen found the animals in the garbage, still left in their cage and contacted animal control.

The animal society says there is a $1,000 reward for any information on the suspects who might have thrown out the guinea pigs.

“What makes this case so troubling is that these animals were left to die like they were pieces of garbage,” said Charleston Animal Society Vice President of Operations and Strategy Aldwin Roman “The owners could have easily contacted us; the shelter is an eight-minute drive from that location.”

Abandonment of pets is a crime, and if a person is running into pet care issues, The Charleston Animal Society urges people to contact them at 843-747-4849

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