Teen Saves Dog from Intentional Drowning, Police Arrest Suspect

A black lab was found floating in a South Carolina canal with its legs and muzzle bound by duct tape.

Darrah, the black lab that was rescued Monday, is attended to by Dr. Sherri Duncan of Harborwalk Veterinarian Clinic.

According to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, a South Carolina teenager preparing for a night of angling on a local bridge was alarmed when she heard a dog struggling to get out of the water below her. When she approached the dog she said it was apparent that someone had tried to kill it.

Update (7/18/12): The Sheriff’s Office announced today that 47-year-old Bobby Joe McConnell has been arrested and charged with the killing of two dogs, and the attempted killing of Dara. Shortly after she was rescued, the bodies of two other dogs were found nearby. Both had been bound in a similar manner.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said McConnell had indicated a desire to kill the dogs before doing so.

 “Investigators began looking into McConnell for being responsible for the deaths and attempted death after witnesses told investigators he made statements to them about how he was going to dispose of the dogs,” Cuthbertson said.

McConnell is facing up to 15 years in prison.

Original article continued…

Sixteen-year-old Ambria Grooms went fishing with her cousin Monday and found the black lab in the water with duct tape around its front and back legs and muzzle. She said it was “flopping around” in the water in a frantic effort to breathe. They called for help while trying to reach the dog, and firemen arrived shortly thereafter.

The Georgetown fire department used a ladder submerged in the water to approach the dog, but it struggled and floated away from them under the bridge. Fearing that it would submerge and drown, they pulled the ladder and ran after the dog.

Rushing to the other side of the bridge, firemen were able to secure the frightened canine. Once on land, they cut the tape she was bound in. The dog was sent to a nearby shelter for treatment.

Police are processing the duct tape for fingerprints, and ask that anyone with knowledge of the incident call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5102.

836 thoughts on “Teen Saves Dog from Intentional Drowning, Police Arrest Suspect

  1. OH HOW HORRID!!! I’m so glad that baby was saved, and I hope karma pulls out something especially painful for whoever did this!

  2. this makes me ill—- I hope they find the horrible individual that did this…. PUNISH THEM SEVERELY… IF THEY WOULD DO THIS TO A PUP– WHAT WOULD THEY DO TO A HUMAN…

  3. I’d like to do the same thing to the person persons that would do this to an innocent animal. If they did this to this dog, who knows what other animals they have or will hurt. I hope they are caught…

  4. sick fuckers , should do the same to the person who did this, and just save him/her right before drowning.

  5. so sad, what is wrong with some ppl… so glad the fisherman took action and the firemen rescued the dog.

  6. I can’t figure out people who would do such a thing. Are they just down right nasty, crazy or just too lazy to take the animal to the ASPCA?

  7. I pray the cops nail those heartless bastards!!!! Thank God for those fishermen and bless that dog…Poor baby

  8. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE????? Whoever did this needs to have the same thing done to them!!!!!!! This type of cruelty is the work of psychopaths and they will hurt children, too. Sickening.

  9. Bless the two angels that found him. Hope they catch the monster that did this to this poor sweet baby.

  10. OMG SERIOUSLY….I’d like to know who did such a thing !!! I’d love to show them how to swim with their mouth taped shut and their hands and feet tied….FLM good thing there were people to help this poor dog !!! I hope they get the full punishment !!!!

  11. What in God’s name is wrong with people! I can only hope there is a special place in hell for the people who do such acts of evil. And to think humans have the audacity to call themselves the superior of animal species.

  12. The dog is very pregnant the shelter is posting on facebook. They are worried about the head wound. They say she is stable. Keep praying for this girl.

  13. So nice of those fishermen to save this puppy! I sure the hell hope that the asshole’s who did this to theis dog left their sticky fingerprints on the duct tape used to try to kill this dog

  14. What I’d like to say isn’t lady like! I hope and pray there’s no permanent damage to the precious dog.

  15. And when they catch the abuser(s) who did this, then I suggest the same cruel actions be rendered. Ivy, my first dog, was saved from potential drowning. Whoever abuses animals deserves the worst possible fines and punishment! Many “thank yous” to the heroes who saved this dog!

  16. I would love to find the people who did this and do exactly the same to them and let them feel the panic, the closeness to death feeling the dog had. Scumbags….. glad dog is ok!

  17. Glad those fishermen were there. If this, so called human being is found, please do the same to “it.”

  18. I will never understand how someone could do something like this to such a wonderful creature. I’m so glad this dog survived. It’s a horrible thing to do. It makes me cry.

  19. I HOPE they can identify who did this to this poor dog and fully prosecute them!!!! Unbelieveable how cruel some people can be.

  20. I’m ashamed to be part of the same race as the one who did this! God bless the fisherman and the fireman who rescued that pour baby!

  21. Oh my God who would do something so evil to this poor dog!Im glad that the fisherman saved this poor innocent dog!

  22. i hope when they find the less than humane individual(s) who did this, they tape up their hands, legs and mouth and make them see how long they can stay afloat,,,,cowards

  23. OMD. I just cannot ever get over what people do. Thank God for the good ones who rescued the dog. I hope they catch the bastards that did it.

  24. thank God he was saved. But what lowlife cowards who did this. Those type of monsters are a disgrace to the human race. I really hope they can find out who did this so they can get their just punishment. this is so horrible

  25. what is wrong with people?!?! reading this broke my heart && ruined my day! but god bless those amazing fisherman! my wishes && prayers are with this sweet baby in his recovery! i wish i could cuddle && love him up!! ♥

  26. And hit in the head with a hammer. I really hope they catch whomever did this, although I’m sure nothing will really be done to them. 🙁

  27. WTF Is WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!! They need to start treating these idiots like there murders, rapists and child molesters! LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THEY KEY!!!!!!

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