Dog bound with duct tape saved from IP Canal in Georgetown

A dog bound with duct tape was pulled out of the International Paper Canal in Georgetown Monday night, authorities said.

A group of people setting up to fish at the IP Canal and Brick Chimney Road called the Georgetown County Sheriff’s office when they heard splashing noises coming from the other side of the bridge and found a dog flopping in the water just before 9 p.m., police said.

The dog, a black lab, had it’s front and back legs tied with duct tape and its muzzle was taped shut, police said.

Georgetown County fire helped to pull the dog out of the river. The dog, named Dara, was transported to St. Frances Animal Center for treatment and the tape was placed in evidence for fingerprint processing, the report said.

Dara is expected to make a full recovery, according to officials at St. Frances though she is being monitored for brain swelling and needs an ultrasound and an x-ray. The shelter is seeking donations to help with the medical bill, which can be mailed to SFAC 125 N Ridge Road, Georgetown, SC 29440. Write Re: Dara on the check or envelope. Donations can also be made online at

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s office is asking for help identifying the person or people responsible for bounding the dog and throwing her in to the water, said spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson.

Anyone with information can call 546-5102. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to 274637. Text “GCSOTIP” following by the tip information.