DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A dog was left on the side of a road in Darlington County and deputies are still looking for the two men who they say threw him out of their van. It happened on Monday when deputies say the man, who filed a police report, saw two men get out of a grey minivan with a plastic cover over the busted driver side window.
The suspects were pulled over on the side of high hill road in Darlington County, and threw out a bag of trash, along with the dog. When the temporary owner first called police to report what he saw, he mistakenly told police the dog was inside of the trash bag, he later confirmed that was not the case, but the dog was indeed left near the ditch on the side of the road.
Sheriff Wayne Byrd with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office said, "It didn't appear to be that they were in that big of hurry, they seemed to be nonchalant about what they were doing and I guess that doesn't in a way attract that much attention when you act like you're not up to something."
Deputies still don't know if the two men are the owners of the dog or were connected to any other illegal activity. The man who found the dog said it followed him home a half mile down the road. He said it appears to be a bulldog and pitbull mix and thinks it has dog fighting scars, and may be a victim of dog fighting, but said he is a well behaved dog around his house.
Jackie Kirven serves as a member with the Darlington County Humane Society the past 20 years and said, "If there is a problem, an animal you feel burdened by or worried about, an animal that you cant keep, bring it to us. We have many hearts that will be open for these animals, and there's no need to risk the animal's life or to risk prosecution for animal cruelty."
She explained far too often the animal shelter hears of stories where animals are left outside to fend for themselves thinking someone will find them. "Well in this hot weather that is very dangerous, animals can become dehydrated easily, they can die before someone sees them to pick them up. In this case there is a happy outcome, but its against the odds, first that someone witnessed it and cared enough to follow and take the animal in, but what if it had not been seen, what if that animal had been left on the road."
The animal shelter encourages people have no hesitation to bring an animal by the shelter. If you know who the dog belongs to, or have any information, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 843-398-4501 or 843-398-4920.