October 25, 2014

Upstate man charged with dragging dog behind truck

Photo of Andra Grace from SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast

Photo of Andra Grace from SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast

Another South Carolina animal cruelty case has come to light just days after a severely burned cat died despite rescue efforts.

A 1-year-old dog was allegedly dragged behind a truck in Greenville County last week.

Authorities say Roger Owens of Marietta dragged a dog behind his truck with a rope and witnesses say the only way the dog survived is that the rope broke. The dog, a pit bull named Andra Grace, is recovering from her injuries.

WYFF reported that Roger Owens of Marietta is charged with cruelty to animals and will go before a judge on Dec. 20.

The group helping Andra Grace through the ordeal has set up a fundraising site. They sought to raise $10,000, but have raised more than $13,000 as of Friday morning.

Here is the description by SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast:

“Andra Grace ( Andra meaning strong and courageous, and Grace just because she is beautiful), is a young pit bull mix who has been rescued by SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast after being dragged behind a truck. Animal Control officers in Greenville County South Carolina, were contacted after people saw the rope break and called for help. Andra’s injuries are severe. Her back paws have been completely de-gloved as well as her toenails all ripped out. Her front paw pads are pretty bad as well. Her belly and mammary glands have also been torn up and she was emaciated when brought into the vet on November 29th. Andra’s worst injuries are to her knees, which have been ripped apart to where her tendons are exposed. Andra is currently under the care of a 24 hour veterinary emergency team. She is being kept comfortable with IV fluids, pain meds and antibiotics. She will need surgery on her knees and possibly skin grafts. This poor baby has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but our rescue will do whatever it takes to get her there!!! We are also offering a $1000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of her abuser.”

In another part of the state, another animal cruelty case has sparked outrage on social media. WBTW reported that the cat, named Elizabeth, died after authorities say a 16-year-old in Darlington threw her onto a fire and her owner waited six days to seek treatment from an animal rescue group. Elizabeth died this week despite attempts to save her life.