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GRAPHIC: Police make arrest after severely malnourished dog dropped off at Horry County Animal Care Center

A dog known as Remo was in the care of the Horry County Animal Care Center after being dropped...
A dog known as Remo was in the care of the Horry County Animal Care Center after being dropped off in May for severe malnourishment.((Source: JRLDC/Horry County Animal Care Center))
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 11:14 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County police have made an arrest after a dog that was just skin and bones was dropped off at the animal care center in May.

The Horry County Animal Care Center released pictures of the dog last week in order to help in the investigation. We want to warn you the pictures are graphic.

**WARNING: Pictures provided of malnourished dog are graphic**

A police report shows a woman dropped off the dog on May 13 at the animal care center.

“It was a young dirty yellow in color lab with all its ribs showing and hip bones protruding. The dog appeared weak and could barely stand,” according to the police report.

The woman told officers the dog was not hers and was dropped off by a friend about two weeks prior. She said she tried to care for the dog and was feeding it but didn’t have the money to take it to a vet, and her landlord would not allow her to have dogs.

An arrest warrant states an investigation determined the dog was found to be in the care, control and custody of Shontay Wilson.

“The dog is extremely emaciated due to lack of nutrition and has been deprived of necessary sustenance causing the dog unnecessary pain and suffering,” the warrant states.

Shontay Wilson
Shontay Wilson(Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center state Wilson was booked June 24 on a charge of ill treatment of animals. She was released the next day on a $2,500 bond.

Vet techs determined the dog is about three years old and is a lab mix. He has been given the name “Remo” which roughly means “strong one.” Staff said that Remo was fairing a little bit better since arriving to their facility.

The Horry County Animal Care Center has received dozens of messages from people asking for updates and how they can help.

The shelter has an Amazon Wish List and they have added food specifically for malnourished dogs, as well as sweaters to keep him warm.

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