A $2500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting, chaining and then abandoning a dog in Adams Run. Roscoe had to have leg amputated, but will soon be healthy enough to be put up for adoption. Charleston County Animal Control and Charleston Animal Society are investigating the case. Call (843) 329-1545 if you have any information.
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More About Roscoe
Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a dog in the leg, at close range, and then abandoned him tied up on a 20-pound chain. His food and water were out of reach, because of the chain.
Two puppies were also found at the Adams Run location in an elevated wire crate with no bottoms– and had no food or water.
The staff and volunteers at Charleston Animal Society are calling the shot dog “Roscoe” and despite his ordeal, he is genuinely sweet and very affectionate. Photos are attached of Roscoe, the birdshot that was pulled from his leg and the 20-lbs. chain that kept him tied down.
To save his life, veterinarians at Charleston Animal Society amputated his right front leg, which was mangled from the gunshot wound he had survived. The other two puppies who were rescued have been adopted by loving families in the Charleston area.
Roscoe is now recovering from his surgery and will spend some time with a foster family before Charleston Animal Society finds a home for him.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputies found the dogs and Animal Control Deputy Eric Bates transported Roscoe and the two puppies to Charleston Animal Society on June 15th. Neighbors said they didn’t know who the animals belonged to.
“When we find animals abandoned like this, we will get them out of harm’s way as soon as possible,” said Bates.
An animal cruelty investigation is now underway and those responsible could face criminal charges. Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
“This is a terribly sad case. Not only was Roscoe shot, but while he was in agonizing pain, he was weighed down by this chain that was almost as heavy as he is,” said Charleston Animal Society Animal Cruelty & Outreach Director Aldwin Roman.
Interviews are available with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Charleston Animal Society. For Charleston Animal Society please call Kay Hyman: 843.224-0899 for more information. For Charleston County Sheriff’s Office please call Major Watson: 843-554-2442.
Felony Animal Cruelty under South Carolina Statue
§ 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally.
(B) Whoever tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done for any of the offenses is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.
Lack of food/water/shelter
Failure to provide necessary medical care
About Charleston Animal Society
At 140 years old, Charleston Animal Society is the oldest animal organization in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the Nation. It is also South Carolina’s leader in adoptions, spay/neuter procedures, free roaming cat services and research projects and has a nationally recognized Veterinary Science Initiative. For the second year in a row, Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina’s most honored charity.