The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of three dogs in the International Paper Canal, two of them dead, since Monday.
Two of the dogs had their muzzles and legs bound with tape. A third was buried under debris and it couldn’t be determined if it, too, had been taped, according to reports from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
The first of the three dogs was discovered Monday when some residents went to fish at the canal at Brick Chimney and Canal roads, when they heard splashing noises coming from the west side of the bridge. A black Labrador retriever was in the water with duct tape around its muzzle and its legs, a police report said.
The dog was taken to Saint Frances Animal Center. Officials there say the dog, named Dara, is recovering from the incident and is scheduled for spay surgery on Tuesday.
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The duct tape the dog was bound in was collected to be checked for fingerprints.
The other two dogs were discovered by fishermen at Brick Chimney and Browns Ferry roads on Thursday.
The fishermen noticed the smell and then found the two dead dogs lodged against a pipe under the road.
One of the dogs, described as yellow and medium sized, was taped like the Lab found on Tuesday.
The report said it couldn’t be determined if the other dog, small and black, was bound by duct tape.
It had a rope around its neck, the report said, and was covered with debris.
The necropsies showed the dogs died between three and seven days ago and did not have any other wounds, said Carrie Cuthbertson, spokeswoman for the Georgetown County sheriff’s office.
The two dogs found Thursday are likely related to the first incident Monday, Cuthbertson said.
No suspects have been identified, Cuthbertson said. Anyone with information on the incidents can call the sheriff’s office at 546-5102. Anonymous texts can also be sent to 274637. Text “GCSOTIP” followed by the information.
Anyone wishing to help Saint Frances cover the medical bills for Dara can mail donations to SFAC 125 N Ridge Road, Georgetown, S.C. 29440. Write Re: Dara on the check or envelope. Donations can also be made online at sfanimals.org.
Staff writer Amanda Kelley contributed to this report.