GEORGETOWN COUNTY — A Georgetown man was sentenced Monday in the killing of two dogs last July.
Bobby Joe McConnell, 47, entered guilty pleas on two counts ill treatment of animals and pleaded guilty Monday, records show.
He was sentenced to five years and a $5,000 fine for each charge by Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman. Saint Frances Animal Care Center, which took care of one of the dogs, is entitled to half of the fines levied against McConnell. He also is ordered to pay $1,872.40 to the shelter.
One black lab found by fishermen on July 2, 2012 was muzzled and bound with duct tape, but survived. The dog, named Dara, was taken to Saint Frances where she underwent surgery and had her spleen removed, said Wendy Goude, director of the shelter.
Two other dogs were found dead three days later and necropsies showed they had been dead for days.
Several tips led investigators to McConnell, said Lt. Neil Johnson with the sheriff’s office.
Witnesses told authorities McConnell had told them how he was going to dispose of the dogs. The information helped police establish a timeline of McConnell’s actions before the July 2 discovery of Dara and after the discovery of the two dead dogs a couple days later.
Dara had belonged to his daughter, while one of the deceased dogs was his mother-in-laws, Johnson said.
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