Charleston Animal Society offers $15,000 reward for information on dog shootings

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, South Carolina (WCSC) – The Charleston Animal Society has announced that it is offering a reward totaling $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of those involved. in the slaughter of three dogs in Orangeburg.

For each individual incident, the Charleston Animal Society is offering $5,000 for information.

“Through our No Kill South Carolina 2024 initiative, we remain committed to fighting cruelty wherever it exists,” said Joe Elmore, president and CEO of the Charleston Animal Society. “We are angry, and we want those responsible for shooting these dogs arrested and prosecuted, and we fully support law enforcement efforts to bring the culprits to justice.”

Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter said they rescued the three gunshot-wounded dogs.

The first rescue took place at the end of January and the other two throughout February.

If you have a tip, please call Orangeburg County officials at (803) 534-0045 or (803) 534-3550.

Below is a list of incident reports provided by animal rescuers:

VICTIM 1: SAMPSON

  • The first victim is Sampson, who was shot in the face at close range on January 25. Fortunately, Sampson made an incredible recovery after treatment at Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty (CVETS).
  • Sampson was found shot dead in Orangeburg County on the side of the road. Sampson’s left eye had to be removed due to damage to the bullet and remaining fragments. In total, Sampson was hospitalized at CVETS for 9 days where he received 24/7 care from highly trained critical care nurses, veterinarians and surgical nurses.
The first victim is Sampson, who was shot in the face at close range on January 25, 2022.(Charleston Animal Society)

VICTIM 2: MARSHALL

  • The second victim is Marshall, a sweet and friendly 10-month-old boxer mix puppy, shot dead on a neighbor’s porch Saturday night, February 5. Marshall had to undergo a five-hour rear limb amputation at CVETS.
  • Marshall received blood during complications that arose during surgery. Currently, Marshall is recovering well in a foster home at Columbia.
The second victim is Marshall, a sweet and friendly 10-month-old boxer mix puppy, shot on a...
The second victim is Marshall, a sweet and friendly 10-month-old boxer mix puppy, shot dead on a neighbor’s porch on Saturday night, February 5, 2022.(Charleston Animal Society)

VICTIM 3: FRED

  • On Friday, February 18, a report of an injured dog lying in a ditch for several days was called to Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter.
  • Fred, a three-year-old male Boxer mix, was picked up by Animal Control the same day and brought to the shelter. While unloading Fred from the Animal Control truck, he was filmed walking on his two front legs with his two hind legs dangling behind him.
  • Fred was taken to CVETS the same day he remains hospitalized awaiting a bilateral rear limb amputation on Monday February 21, 2022.
  • Fred and Marshall will be sent to Helping Hearts & Healing Tails Animal Rescue in Stahlstown, PA for permanent placement.
  • Sampson is now safe at Noah’s Ark Rescue Project and Sanctuary in Upper Uwchlan Township, Pennsylvania.
On Friday February 18, 2022, a report of an injured dog lying in a ditch for several days was called...
On Friday, February 18, 2022, a report of an injured dog lying in a ditch for several days was called to the Orangeburg County Animal Housing and Control Center.(Charleston Animal Society)

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