Web site pops up in response to animal cruelty

Screen grab from the website (WCIV)

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Animal advocates have started up a{}website in response to Dara, the dog found bound and abandoned in a Georgetown canal and the discovery of two other dogs found dead in the same area. is trying to turn a tragedy into something positive. The homepage features a picture of Dara, a link to her story and a place to donate to raise the reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.

A recent post on the site states:

"Currently we are outraged at the tragic events that took place on July 3, 2012. On this date a teenager about to go fishing heard splashing in the water. What she found was a black lab that had been beaten in the head with her muzzle and feet bound by duct tape and thrown into the water, left to drown. We are asking for help in raising money to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of this heinous person that could do such a thing. Even if it's a dollar, please help us to help her!"

"There needs to be just awareness to this situation because the penalties for this crime are so minor that I think the laws really do need to be stiffer for people that do this to animals," said website creator Laura Carson. ""We're looking for these people. We want them behind bars. A couple of my friends have talked- they believe this is a just a step-up crime. Next time it could be someone's child"

Support for the site is quickly growing.

"We had one company that had put 200 dollars up. Obviously that's not gonna make a large enough reward in order to get someone to come forward," said business owner Ron Fallaw. "So I told them I'd match 200 dollars and then other business owners stepped on board and they started matching and matching. So the reward for now for whoever has done this heinous crime has grown significantly."

You can find more information and how you can help at