WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A mother and son have been arrested on animal cruelty charges after photos of a pit bull whose ears had been severely cut appeared on Facebook.
According to a press release from the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle McGee, 57, of Andrews, was charged with ill treatment of animals.
Her son, Scotty Bruce Tyler, 37, of Georgetown, was also arrested on the same charge.
The dog, Brick, was reportedly recovered from McGee's home on Seaboard Road on Wednesday, the release stated. The animal was taken into protective custody and was being treated for his medical injuries.
According to investigators, McGee and Tyler allegedly cut the dog's ears with a pair of scissors at the Seaboard Road residence.
Both suspects remain at the Williamsburg County Detention Center until a bond hearing can be scheduled, according to the release. The investigation is ongoing.
WMBF News began reporting on the story on Sunday when viewers became outraged over photos of the dog that were circulating on Facebook.
Photos showed the pit bull's ears mangled and bloody, with the caption, "I just cut them."
Many of the comments made included threats and accusations of animal abuse.