Animal shelter offers $1,000 reward in Lexington cruelty case

Animal shelter offers $1,000 reward in Lexington cruelty case

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - It's a horrific video of someone kicking and throwing a puppy down a concrete staircase.

Now Pawmetto Lifeline is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who did it.

The video shows a small white dog being kicked and thrown off the stairwell.

"You hear the dog yelping," said Cpl. Cameron Mortenson of the Lexington Police Department. "It sounds like the dog may be in pain. It's a heartbreaking video to watch, for sure."

LPD officers were able to locate the dog and its owner and take the animal into custody after executing a search warrant.

Lexington County Animal Control has cited Timothy Mister, the owner of the dog, for misdemeanor maltreatment of an animal because investigators say he did not seek treatment for the dog.

Police are still looking for the person responsible for the acts seen in the video.

"Abuse and neglect of any living creature is an affront to our basic humanity," said Denise Wilkinson, Pawmetto Lifeline CEO. "We are proud to work closely with our local government and law enforcement to serve and protect the vulnerable pets in our community. Pawmetto Lifeline will continue to work diligently towards a future of protection and safety for all pets and animals in the Midlands. We also extend a huge thank you to the good Samaritans that stepped forward and assisted in finding the location of the abuse and the dog in the video."

Mister told WIS he's just as upset as everyone else. He said he's an animal lover and had no idea that the abuse had even happened until police showed up. He also said he doesn't know who's in the video. He did not wish to do an interview on-camera or even give us his phone number.

An incident report says the owner of the dog told officers "he didn't want to get anyone in trouble."

The dog is in the care of Lexington County Animal Control.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged 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.

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