Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating 6 children that they say brutally abused and killed a dog on Tuesday afternoon.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, South Carolina at around 5:30 p.m. on April 11 after the center’s director found a deceased dog and the grass surrounding him engulfed in flames.
A chain was found wrapped around the dog’s muzzle, torso, and legs, and it is believed that the dog was dragged down the road by the “tight-fitting” chains before being set on fire. A necropsy will determine the dog’s ultimate cause of death.
Police are now looking for 6 African-American children, 4 boys and 2 girls, believed to be between the ages of 12 and 16, that were witnessed leaving the area after the incident. So far, this is the only lead in the case.
The dog’s owner has not yet been identified.
The Humane Society of the United States is now offering a $5,000 reward for the arrests and convictions of those responsible. And, Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter added another $1,000 to the reward offer.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Charleston County Animal Control Office at 843-529-5319 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.