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Florence man charged for animal abandonment

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Christopher Pierce (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Pierce (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A Florence man is facing the consequences after police say they found a dog at his home in bad physical condition.

Major Carlos Raines, spokesman for the Florence Police Department, tells WMBF News that officers serving a city summons to the home of 39-year-old Christopher Pierce on June 16 noticed a yellow dog in the back yard in poor physical condition.

According to the arrest warrant for Pierce, the dogs ribs were physically showing and there was no food available. The water bowls were filled with green, putrid smelling rain water swarming with mosquitoes, and one of the water bowls had a decaying bird in it.

Animal control officers responded and took pictures of the dog and his living conditions, and the dog was taken to the humane society.

Pierce was arrested and charged with abandonment of animals.

According to Wendy Wilton with the Florence Area Humane Society, the 10-year-old yellow lab is doing great. She said he's very social, reacts appreciatively to the social contact and he's eating and drinking well. The staff enjoys him, and he's getting good exercise.

They attribute the arrest and improving health of the dog to the Florence police officer. She says that same officer had been to Pierce's home a month earlier, and when serving that summons on Saturday noticed the dog's health had severely declined, Wilton said.

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