Organizations offering rewards to catch dog killer in Georgetown

Dara, the black lab discovered in the canal Monday, is recovering. (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Natalie

GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for dumping three dogs in a canal, two of which drowned.

On Monday, two people fishing discovered a black lab struggling to stay afloat. All her legs were bound in duct tape along with her muzzle.

She was treated and is now recovering. Three days later, another fisherman, due to the smell, discovered two more dogs, also bound in tape. They were dead -- a yellow medium-sized dog and a small black dog.

Georgetown Sheriff's Office investigators believe they died of drowning between three to seven days before they were discovered.

Wendy Goude is the executive director of Saint Frances Animal Center where the surviving dog, now named Dara, was taken. She says Dara is doing well and already hundreds of people have inquired about adopting her.

Meanwhile, some neighbors living near the canal are furious over the incident. Hope McDonald says she's an animal lover. With eight cats and a dog, it's apparent.

"How could someone do an animal like that? It's just crazy," McDonald said. "It makes me want to go out and hunt this person."

The outrage over the incident has led several organizations to collect funds for rewards, hoping to get information on who may be responsible.

Pet Helpers increased their donation to $500 Friday. Saint Frances Animal Center's reward is now up to $2,500. The Humane Society of the U.S. also offered a reward for $2,500.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the individual(s) responsible for is asked to call the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office at (843) 546-5102. Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip. Just dial 274637 from any text-enabled cell phone, and text the word "GCSOTIP" followed by your message. The service is for crime tips only, according to authorities.