Police have arrested two teenagers they say tortured a 6-week-old puppy by shooting it nearly 20 times with a BB gun and throwing a knife at it.
The suspects, ages 14 and 17, were arrested Tuesday and charged with cruelty to animals, according to Capt. Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
De’Monte Ty’Juan Douglas, 17, was placed in the city jail, where he remained without bond Tuesday afternoon. Per state law, the 14-year-old’s identity is protected because of his age. He was petitioned to Family Court by detectives and released to a parent pending a court appearance, Bollinger said.
Warrants state Douglas and the 14-year-old shot the puppy 18 times with a BB gun and threw a knife at it, torturing it “without reason or cause.” Both suspects live at Wildwood Springs apartments, where a utility worker on Sunday saw a group of 15 to 20 juveniles playing with a black puppy.
A few minutes later, the worker went to check on the puppy and saw it was “bleeding heavily” from multiple wounds, police said.
Officers spoke with the teens, who told them “someone who stays in the apartment complex had stabbed the puppy and shot the puppy with a BB gun,” the report states.
The puppy was taken to Ebenezer Animal Hospital, where veterinarians found 18 BB pellets lodged in the dog’s skin and muscle and a number of intestinal parasites, according to clinic co-owner April Splawn. Medical staff did not find stab wounds on the dog.
They determined the lab-mix puppy is about 6 weeks old and named him Brody.
Brody was doing well just one day after he was rescued, with the veterinarian overseeing his care calling his recovery “remarkable.” Hundreds have already applied to adopt him.
Police say these arrests complete the investigation. Cruelty to animals is a felony under South Carolina law and carries a maximum of five years in prison.
“We want to thank the public for all of their calls with information and concern and willingness to offer a reward in this case,” Bollinger said.