Arrest warrants issued for pair that abandoned dog in Midlands parking lot

Arrest warrants issued for pair that abandoned dog in Midlands parking lot
Eric Dugwyler. (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Eric Dugwyler. (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The West Columbia Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the pair that abandoned their friend's dog in a parking lot after he was arrested for drug possession.

The details were written in a West Columbia Police Department incident report obtained Wednesday. Raymond Laskowski, 38, and Allison Laffere, 22, are both wanted after they were given custody of Scooter as their acquaintance, Eric Dugwyler, was arrested on marijuana possession and taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Instead of allowing police to hold onto his belonging until he bonded out of jail, Dugwyler, 25, chose to give his possessions to Laskowski and Laffere.

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The exchange was made in front of police, who made it clear to the pair that they were obligated to keep Scooter safe. The pair was last seen walking toward the Walmart on Augusta Road.

Scooter was later found tied up with his food and water dishes out next to a sign that said, "Free pup. [His] Name is Scooter. [The] Owner went to jail today."

Two women rescued Scooter and placed him in the care of Paula Langford, the owner of Southeastern Homeless Animal Shelter in Lexington County. She said after checking for a microchip, she discovered that Scooter was registered to Dugwyler's mother in Colorado, who explained that Scooter was his "most prized possession."

Langford also said that Scooter is a healthy 6-year-old dog who has been well-taken care of.

Dugwyler remains in jail. If you have any information on Laskowski and Laffere's whereabouts, contact the West Columbia Police Department.

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