ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Calhoun County woman says she is still terrified by what she saw it late last week. She says she witnessed a driver on Kennerly Road in Calhoun County dragging a dog to its death on Friday.
"I can't even imagine what kind of person would do something like that," Shawn Sturkie says.
Sturkie says she had to confront the female driver before she would let go of the rope attached to the dog.
"Whenever I went to grab it from her, she acted like she wanted to pull back on it until I acted like I would punch her in the face if she didn't give it to me," Sturkie says.
At that point, Sturkie says she realized the dog was dead.
"Its paws were completely rubbed off," Sturkie recalled. "Underneath its neck was completely rubbed down almost to the bone."
Monday afternoon, it was still relatively easy to spot a faint trail of blood down the rural road, which is near the Calhoun and Orangeburg County line.
"At some point, the dog obviously died," Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers says, "but before that, I can only imagine the pain the poor animal went through."
Summers says he and his deputies are investigating after getting the tip from the witness. He says, if caught, the person responsible will be charged with a felony.
"I do feel confident that, with the community's help, we'll find that lady" Sheriff Summers says. "We'll find her."
According to Sheriff Summers, Sturkie should be able to identify the driver in a line-up.
Sheriff Summers also says the female who dragged the dog was reportedly driving a newer model, dark in color Chevrolet Impala. The car may be blue or grey. The woman is described as black, about 44-65 years old with slightly greying hair. She was seen driving in the 1500 block of Kennerly Road.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Calhoun county Sheriff's Office at 803-874-2741. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, along with people in the area, who are offering a $600 reward.
You can also to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.