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Conway woman charged with animal cruelty following traffic stop

A Conway woman has been charged with animal cruelty after officers noticed a dog with a chain embedded in its neck during a traffic stop, according to a Catina Hipp, public information officer for Conway police.

Sarah Hemmingway Lewis, 49, was charged after officers stopped a vehicle Thursday at Fifth Avenue and Blossom Street saw the dog, Hipp said. The dog, which was in the rear seat of the vehicle, was seized by animal control officers and taken to the Horry County Animal Care Center for a medical evaluation.

Shelter employees determined the dog would need surgery for the wounds, and the dog was given medical treatment, Hipp said. Lewis was issued a citation for animal cruelty. She is set to appear in court March 16 for the charge.