FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged case of ill treatment to animals after an injured dog was found at Carolina Adventure World and taken to a veterinarian in Winnsboro.
The veterinarian stated that the dog’s injuries were consistent with having been dragged by a vehicle, according to a press release from Major Brad Douglas of the FCSO. The incident occurred on or before Dec. 13, 2015.
Douglas said the Fairfield County Animal Control Officer was made aware of the incident on Dec. 15 and the Sheriff’s Office was notified. The veterinarian provided the FCSO with a statement on Tuesday and the investigation was started.
Sheriff Will Montgomery said his department treats offenses against animals as seriously as other charges.
“We are pleased to report that Emmanuelle (the affected dog) is making progress toward recovery. I want to especially thank those concerned citizens who took the initiative to help this puppy and also extend a thank you to the veterinarian who is providing him care,” Montgomery said. “We are currently working closely with Fairfield County Animal Control and the Hoof and Paw organization and have distributed flyers in the area around Carolina Adventure World. We are attempting to determine if this was an intentional act and, if so, to identify the individual, or individuals, responsible.”