Crime

Diseased dog ‘near death’ left in crate at a Myrtle Beach hotel room, report says

A German shepherd was left starved, diseased and “near death” in a Myrtle Beach hotel room, according to an arrest report.

Myrtle Beach police arrested and charged Christopher Wesley Sauber, 31, with ill treatment of animals/torture in connection to the case. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Officers used a search warrant to enter a room at the Suburban Lodge on Monday, according to the warrant.

Inside they found a 9-month-old German shepherd starved, diseased, with open wounds and inoperable rear legs, the warrant states. The dog laid in a wire crate that was covered in urine and feces.

There was no water available, according to the warrant.

“The dog was alert, but suffering in a manner near death needing exigent veterinary care,” the warrant reads.

The room was determined to be a public and health safety issue, the warrants state. The smell was prominent from the room and into the hallway.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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