Sheriff: 3 juveniles charged after dog found burned in Awendaw

Updated: Apr. 21, 2017 at 4:03 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies three juveniles are facing charges in the case of a dog burned alive in Awendaw.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, Sheriff Al Cannon said two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old were identified as being responsible for the case.

The youths, who were not identified because of their age, were arrested and transported to the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center, he said.

The three face charges of ill treatment of animals and willfully burning the land of another, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Lt. Rita Zelinksky.

Deputies responded to the animal cruelty case about 2 weeks ago when a dead dog was found tied up and burned near the Center for Birds of Prey. Authorities are still awaiting findings from the necropsy performed on the animal. He said there were ligature marks around the dog's neck, but there was no definitive word on a cause of death as yet, Cannon said.

Witnesses say they saw several teens between the ages of 12 and 15 leaving the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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