Barking leads officers to gruesome discovery

Hector Rolando Lopez (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Hector Rolando Lopez (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police discovered a red nose pit bull hanging from its dog house at a residence off of Highway 17 bypass early Monday.

According to the police report, three separate complaints from neighbors about incessant dog barking prompted police to go to the home of 21-year-old Hector Rolando Lopez. After Lopez was awoken, he took police to the wooden dog house in his backyard where the red nose pit bull was kept to find the dog wrapped up in its cable and tether struggling to breathe.

The dog was freed and taken to the Grand Strand Humane Society for Veterinary Care and Treatment where it passed away an hour later from exhaustion, strangulation and internal organ damage.

Lopez was charged with the ill-treatment of animals and is currently being held at the Myrtle Beach jail

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