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Belinda was found in a bag in the yard. (Source: Darlington County Humane Society via Facebook.com) Belinda was found in a bag in the yard. (Source: Darlington County Humane Society via Facebook.com)
Veronica Crawford (Source: Darlington County Detention Center) Veronica Crawford (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Florence woman spent time behind bars in Darlington County last week for allegedly tying her dog up in a bag in her yard.

Randy Evans with the Darlington County Animal Control tells WMBF News that 29-year-old Veronica Crawford of Florence first made contact with their office last Monday, June 11, asking them to come and pick up her pet because she did not have any means of transportation.

Evans said their services at Animal Control are not usually employed to pick up a pet from the owner's home, but they made an appointment with Crawford to come by her home Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, Crawford again placed a call to the Animal Control office and asked when someone would be there, telling the secretary that answered the phone that the dog had been tied up in a bag for three days.

Someone responded to the home shortly after the call and emailed back photos of the dog, found in a bag in the yard, prompting Animal Control employees to call the sheriff's office and report the animal abuse, Evans said.

Captain Andy Locklair, spokesman for the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, says Veronica Crawford was charged with the ill treatment of an animal, and has since been released from the Darlington County Detention Center.

Though Crawford has proceeded with a bond hearing and awaits trial, citizens in Darlington County are petitioning online for the enforcement of the maximum penalty for this crime.

By Tuesday afternoon, the petition had received nearly 1,600 signatures.

View that petition by clicking here.

It was the humane society in Darlington County that named the dog ‘Belinda.' Photos posted to their Facebook page indicate the dog may be malnourished.

The Humane Society says that Belinda has been placed with a foster family, and continues to provide updates on her condition on their Facebook page.

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