Three children have been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after a dog had been dragged by a chain, beaten and set afire in Awendaw, South Carolina. Previously, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the Awendaw Fire Department were called to the front gate of the Center for Birds of Prey after the body of a burning dog was discovered. The dog was already dead.
“Somebody has burned a dog… it’s still burning,” Jim Elliot, Director of the Center for Birds of Prey reported in an emergency 911 call. “I know it’s got a chain on its neck from what I can tell, and I saw some kids walking away when I drove up. I don’t think it’s something we look like we should ignore.”
Jim Elliot, Director of the Center, called 911 when he saw the dog’s body (which was still on fire). Elliot told police he saw the kids walking away from the body. The initial report was that four boys and two girls were seen leaving the scene. The three youths charged are facing felony animal cruelty charges and one count of ill treatment of animals and unlawful burning.
The necropsy done wasn’t able to determine whether the dog was alive or dead when it was set ablaze. The motive for the crime is also unclear.