Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Video surveillance shows a young man climbing an 8-foot fence at Charleston Animal Society and dropping a puppy onto the cement pavement below, leaving the animal to fend for itself after the shelter had closed. He was accompanied by a young woman. The individuals may be teenagers, and it isn't clear if they acted alone or with the help of adults. The video is available to view at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cKjc__8WE4.
A second dog was also left alone in a crate outside the shelter in 90-degree heat. This makes three cases of abandoned pets at the shelter in the past month.
It is illegal to abandon an animal in South Carolina, even if you are leaving it at an animal shelter.
Charleston Animal Society has a very important animal intake system that includes safeguards to help control disease, aggressive animals and the overpopulation of the animal care campus. When an animal is brought to Charleston Animal Society, the staff is trained to offer options that owners may not be aware of, that could help keep the family together. Charleston Animal Society takes in 90 percent of all injured, abused and abandoned animals in Charleston County.
The Charleston Animal Society is asking for help in identifying the individuals seen in this video so that they can be contacted regarding the incident.
Please contact Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society's manager of Cruelty Outreach, at 843-329-1545 if you have any information regarding this event.