Dog Abuse

Police Searching for 6 Children Accused of Horrific Dog Abuse

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.



  1. Donna

    Apr 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    What the hell kind of parents are these that are raising these sadistic kids? They have to know that their kids are mentally insane…they have to have seen signs long before these ages of 12 & 16 that these kids weren't right an should have had them put away years ago. If they can do this to an innocent animals God only knows who'll be next.

  2. Denise

    Apr 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hopefully those useless thugs will die the same way. Next they will be killing people, they need to be caught.

  3. Deborah Sosbey

    Apr 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    They deserve the same treatment! No mercy for them either. May they rot in hell

  4. Vicky

    Apr 17, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I am appalled at some of the comments I have read. This story is about a dog that was killed by children. Their race was mentioned to provide a description of the suspects. Regardless of their ethnicity the children need to be caught and punished for what they did . When a child or an adult would abuse and kill a dog that is a sign that they are capable of hurting a human being as well .

    • Marjorie Gauntt

      Apr 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Actually,Vicki, that indicates that the people, whether kids or adults, are demented morons and need to be in prison.

    • Dianne Hallman

      Apr 18, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Or more poor innocent animals.

  5. peggy craig

    Apr 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Karma will get your ass your wicked and evil

  6. Mark

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Yep typical troublemaking jerryatric ,race has nothing to do do with this !! Crawl back under the gutter you live in , as for the PERSONS responsible for this cruelty , severe and painfull punishment might help adjust their thinking but i doubt it .

  7. kimberly baker

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Find these kids and give them hardest sentence ever. they are only going to grow up to be worse than they alresdy are. someones child could be the next victim.

  8. Me

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Pure evil, they need to be caught and euthanized too much evil in them to be rehabilitated.

  9. Vicky

    Apr 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    These six so called "children" are evil. All six of them need to be executed!

  10. Nora Solloa

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:28 am

    These torturers are not children. They are teens and adults. They knew what they were doing. They wanted to see fear and suffering on a helpless creature. If not caught it can escalate to them doing the same to a child or anyone. One of them is going to crack. and tell someone. They'll find them. I hope they get jail time or prison. This poor dog deserves justice!

    • Verna

      Apr 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      This is appalling these are not innocent children these are young people who will soon be adults acting in a horrible way toward a defenseless animal. They will keep doing such acts until they harm or kill a human being. Get them soon or no doubt more of these horrible acts will follow. They need to be punished severly.

    • K L Inglet

      Apr 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      It is a known fact that the precursor to sociopathic behavior as an adult is cruelty to animals as a child. These "children" need to be institutionalized until such time it is proven they have not lapsed into to the depths of irreversible psychopathy. Ortherwise, the next innocent victim could be one of our very own children instead of a helpless dog.

  11. Froggy101

    Apr 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    What the hell kind of home life do these little skanks have?

    • Zig Pope

      Apr 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Obviously you are not aware of the many instances of horrifying torture and mutilations and deaths of innocent animals perpetrated by white "skanks".

      • MarlaMarla

        Apr 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm


        Surely, you're not defending the worthless, should-have-never-been-born creatures responsible for torturing and murdering a defenseless dog, are you??

      • Terri

        Apr 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        It's odd only you bring up race in the comments. There are plenty pos humans in every race. So get over yourself

      • missy

        Apr 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm


        • missy

          Apr 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm

          No one said anything about the color of these subhumans. So calm down..

      • Ccseesall

        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:48 am

        So you are turning this into a racial issue? Now they are the victims? F.O!

      • Catherine Alderdice

        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:51 am

        Zig Pope – who mentioned anything about the colour of the perpetrators? I am a white "skank" (certainly NOT an animal abuser) as you put it, and I would never hurt an animal, you may be black and also would never hurt an animal. We are talking about the human race here. PEOPLE, not COLOURS!! I have seen videos, read accounts of animal cruelty, the world over, it happens EVERYWHERE, by ALL colours of people, each colour just as bad as the next. Black, white, brown, yellow… It's a HUMAN thing, not a COLOUR thing, so whatever colour the animal abusers are, I would gladly blowtorch them to death. Do not get paranoid, or have a chip on your shoulder, if you happen to be a black person.

      • Dawn Mello

        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

        Did anyone mention color? Idiot.

  12. Melisa Bale

    Apr 15, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Those so called children, are teens, teens that need to be charged as Adults, Prosecute to the fullest extent of the Law. We the people, want the laws to be tough on Animal Abuse

    • MarlaMarla

      Apr 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm


  13. Jill

    Apr 15, 2017 at 12:19 am

    What evil.brutal.heinous.disturbing teenagers they are!!!!! To do this to a poor animal is beyond human nature….and i sure hope they are found…….and tried as adults….as they will do this again and again… matter what therapy they have……!!!!! You all need a dose of hell on earth to scare the life out of you!

  14. Lida Pittenger

    Apr 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    These little POS need jail time. All of them. They are future rapist and murderes.

  15. Huong

    Apr 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    These teens are not human or children they are evil at hearts and will poses a threat to our societies please bring them to justice and prevent another tragedy and heart breaking story . Please treat them as full adults and do not let them get away for their horrible actions by using ages as the excuses when it comes to torture and muder ages should not be an excuse . If they are kids then act as kids which is pure souls and innocence for that being kids if they act more than evil muder era then treat them as whoever they are please do not make any excuses by using ages to bring more damage to society

  16. Jack me0ff

    Apr 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    6 little psychopaths and future serial killers…

    • Kelly

      Apr 16, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Totally agree . Scary that 6 individuals are together that have these sick minds. They need to be judged as adults.

  17. Gel carter

    Apr 14, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I was raised to respect all creatures by amazing parenting…..I abhor vivisection & all genres of abuse – cnt quite get my head around how any child Cld take part in such an evil crime…serious mental health issues at play

  18. Dlong

    Apr 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Do you know it's proven that children that do this type of things are the same kind of people that turn into serial killers

    • Charlene Wallace

      Apr 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      My thoughts exactly yrs of working in psych hospital. This how all the most disturbed start out

  19. Betty Biddle

    Apr 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Whoever these children are they need to be punished, any 12 to 16 year old knows the difference between right and wrong. Cruelty and mental and physical abuse are abnormal behavior patterns and the horrific pain and torture inflicted on this innocent animal is beyond comprehension. Juvenile detention, fine by parents and psychiatric evaluation are necessary and maybe even more. It is painful to think of what that poor dog went through.

  20. Kym Harper

    Apr 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Find them and do the same to each. Eye for an eye-

    • Sally

      Apr 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      I agree! burn these little bastards!

  21. Lee

    Apr 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Something definitely wrong with the kids to have done that. That poor dog, it's owner is probably looking for it. I hope they find those kids and get them some badly needed help, and a good scare wouldn't hurt either.

  22. Julie

    Apr 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Hope someone does to them what they did to the innocent dog. May they know nothing but pain, suffering and torment till the end of their lives.

    • Leeda

      Apr 14, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Why do you assume the dog to be innocent..for all we know the animal may have belonged to some racist jerk who trained him to terrorize black kids…don't laugh, It's pretty common.

      • Jack me0ff

        Apr 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        Oh blow it out you arse…

        • Me

          Apr 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm

          Find the evil pricks & torch them.

      • jlee

        Apr 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        There are other way to deal with racism than to do this to an animal. NOT right no matter what is going on!!!

      • Hope

        Apr 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        Torture is not excused..even in the case of a "dangeroys" dog. Why not avoud the dog, repirt it to authorities? Rather than bind it beyond the ability to escape flames? There is. No. Excuse. For that.

      • Michael

        Apr 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

        Leeda, you are a complete and total idiot.

      • FRANK

        Apr 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        You are one ignorant piece of trash. A dog was chained, dragged and set on fire. One of the most vile and cruel things to do to an animal and you want to blame the animal. May you rot in hell along with those evil little pieces of trash. Hopefully after a long and horrific stint in prison.

      • Mary balboni

        Apr 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

        The dogs were wrapped and tied in chains and burned alive. You are a sicko if you try to defend kids of being innocent. The idea that they could think of this horrible deed and actually do it is not a sign of normal kids and any decent upbringing. I hope your dog is never kidnapped and given that treatment. No animal should be hurt like that.

      • Owen

        Apr 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

        You obviously have a problem. You think it's ok and why make it a racist issue?? You are a parasite that needs to be sprayed with harsh chemicals.

        • MarlaMarla

          Apr 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

          Leeda, You're a complete idiot. Please stick your head back up your arse, where it belongs…

      • Joey Pitt

        Apr 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

        Are you slightly or totally stupid ?

      • Beth Wade

        Apr 15, 2017 at 8:57 pm

        And you think this is an acceptable way to retaliate if the "dog" was a racist? Are you a full blown retard? You have to be.. or maybe you are describing how you raise your dogs….

      • MaryAnn

        Apr 16, 2017 at 12:05 am

        You still dont do this to a animal it is inhumane and evil these are demons

      • Dawn Mello

        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        Seriously? Oh yeah, their the victims. I hope you're not a parent, because to excuse what these LOWLIFES did IS INEXCUSABLE. Please do not breed, PLEASE!

      • Deny Morgan

        Apr 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        You saying this shit cause they're your kids or what? Regardless, the little bastards need to be locked up for good!!!

      • Jessica

        Apr 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        FfS, are you even serious. The dog was set of fire. There is no fucking excuse for what they did to it. How ignorant can you be?

      • Deb Baile

        Apr 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm

        Oh, give me a freaking break. It's still cruelty, to bad the dog didn't have a chance to defend itself….. Little cretins….May karma and justice prevail.

    • MarlaMarla

      Apr 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Julie, agreed!

  23. Valerie Myra

    Apr 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    This was a terrible thing to have happened. They need to be found and hospitalized with intensive therapy. Children don't do things like this for no reason. Something is going on in a child's life to make them act out horrifically, whether at home or school to make them mentally snap and be cruel. No one seems to be taking that into consideration. Instead all I see are people out for blood. What if it was one of your children doing these things?I would be looking into my own behavior and the kids they hang around with and their home life, what takes place at school. Are they bullied to the point of acting out aggressively? Would you be crying for your child's blood or trying to get them help

    • c mains

      Apr 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      It is said that animal abuse is one of the first signs of a person with real mental problems – anger, and assualtive behaviors later in life. Hope they find these kids before they do this to another poor inoccent animal or another child! This is horrifying to say the least. The poor dog suffered. Don't make excuses for these evil little kids. The 16 year old should have absolutely known better than doing something like this!

      • MarlaMarla

        Apr 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        c mains, Well said.

  24. Lori Mcmurrin

    Apr 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Future serial killers!

  25. Michelle

    Apr 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I sincerely hope that these kids are found soon – you never know how quickly such violence from them could escalate.

  26. sleeper48

    Apr 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

    These "children" need to be identified and examined by mental health professionals. They give every sign of being dangerous to, not only animals, but other children.

  27. Luisa

    Apr 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    why the need to highlight that the kids are African-American? If they were white would you even mention it?

    • Brandy Arnold

      Apr 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

      We would provide any and all descriptive information available to help identify these kids. Their ages and ethnicity are all that is known at the moment. If they were white, yes, we would have mentioned it. If we knew what clothes they were wearing, we would mention it. If we knew hair color, vehicle information, height, or absolutely ANY additional descriptors that could help, we'd mention it. Please don't create an issue where none exists.

      • Michelle

        Apr 13, 2017 at 10:57 am

        good reply

      • Adrienne DuPaty

        Apr 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

        I agree. It's about a beautiful dog being abused and ultimately killed. His killers should be punished no matter who or what color they are.

      • MarlaMarla

        Apr 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Brandy Arnold, Perfect response.

    • L Gallahan

      Apr 13, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Because they are looking for the monsters that did this to the poor dog. I don't care if they were purple, they need to be caught, prosecuted and punished. And btw, I don't care that they are minors, they knew damn well what they were doing!!

    • Sccergrl

      Apr 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Come on now that's stupid to even bring up. They are trying to give what they have so people can help locate these kids! If that's all they have for their description yes they're going to say they're African American! Just like if they only knew they were white kids they would say white kids!

    • Jan Wilhite

      Apr 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Hope these thugs are found soon- they need psychiatric help now.


    • Janice Terona

      Apr 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Horrible ! Yes we do need to know the description and anything else that may be used to identify these persons responsible for this horrendous act ! They are dangerous to humans too. Serial killers start this way.

    • Janet D'Amico

      Apr 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      You're an idiot. When searching for someone, anyone whether they are a suspect or a missing person, age & race are needed descriptors. Also other obvious ways to describe someone that are lost on you because you have to try to stir up the waters.

    • T

      Apr 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Yesm how you suppose to identify them? Dont make it something its not

    • Linda

      Apr 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      This was not a necessary comment suggesting that the Doginton was racist with the description of the children as African American! Anyone knows it was for identification only! I don't know why these kids would do something so horrible to an innocent defenseless dog!

    • Kay

      Apr 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Do you really feel the need to bring race into this. How else will these little pieces of garbage be identified? If they were white, the article would have said so. Contrary to popular belief, not everything is racial. But some just can't let it go.

    • Lana

      Apr 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

      What is the matter with you? Were they your kids? They needed to mention their color to find the responsible kids. The more descriptive info given, the better the chance to find them. I would suggest you remove the chip on your shoulder, it may make you walk lopsided.

    • vee

      Apr 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Yes, you race baiter! To help citizens who may have seen something to say something. Black or white — their race helps witnesses identify what they may have seen

    • Beth Wade

      Apr 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      BECAUSE WE NEED TO FIND THEM.. "6 kids walking away from the crime scene" wow you can tell a lot from that description

    • Kelly

      Apr 16, 2017 at 12:44 am

      I agree that race doesn't matter. But perhaps they were identified as African American only to alert anyone who might have seen or heard anything in the area help identify these young people. Race dies not matter a otherwise,. All races have sickos.

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