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Authorities are investigating (yet another case of) a dog found with his face and muzzle tightly wrapped in duct tape after two South Carolina women found and rescued the dog as he struggled to breathe.
A concerned citizen first noticed the dog outside a fenced area near a Lexington, South Carolina home on Sunday. After snapping several photos, she attempted to help the dog, but says he seemed scared and disappeared back into the fenced area.
She posted the photos, along with a desperate plea for help, to Facebook where two South Carolina women saw them and rushed to the area to rescue the Doberman Pinscher.
After successfully finding and capturing him, the women posted video of the dog they’ve nicknamed ‘Tank’ to Facebook as they rushed him to the nearby Animal Control for help.
The women that rescued Tank told WACH they are glad someone spoke up so that they could rescue the dog, and encourage anyone that witnesses animal cruelty to report it immediately.
Today, Tank is recovering at Animal Control. Because he is considered evidence in an ongoing cruelty investigation, it is unclear if he will be made available for adoption or returned to his owners in the event they were not connected to or aware of the crimes against him.
The Humane Society of the United States ranks South Carolina 43rd out of all 50 states in terms of humane treatment of animals.
Recently, another South Carolina man, William Leonard Dodson, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for animal cruelty after taping Caitlyn the dog’s muzzle with electrical tape to prevent her from barking. If and when Tank’s abuser is found, he or she could face the same sentence.
Anyone with information about Tank or his abusers is urged to call Lexington County Animal Control at (803) 785-8149 or Lexington Police at (803) 359-6260.