Teen confesses to abandoning puppy at shelter

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A teenager admitted to climbing a fence to drop a puppy inside the walls of Charleston Animal Society after the shelter had closed on Tuesday.

According to officials, the act was caught on surveillance video. Officials said the puppy was not injured and they are working to find the owner of the dog.

Animal Society officials said the teen would be meeting with an animal abandonment expert in the coming weeks.

Animal abandonment is illegal in South Carolina, even when a dog or cat is being left at an animal shelter.

"Charleston Animal Society has a very important animal intake system that includes safeguards to help control disease, aggressive animals and the overpopulation of the animal care campus," officials said in a statement. "When an animal is brought to Charleston Animal Society, our staff is trained to offer options that owners may not be aware of, that could help keep your family together. Charleston Animal Society takes in 90 percent of all injured, abused and abandoned animals in Charleston County."

Officials said another dog was left alone outside the shelter in a crate in 90-degree heat. There have already been three cases of abandoned pets since June 1, officials added.

Charleston Animal Society is offering free adoptions on adult dogs and cats. Starting next Wednesday, the shelter will be offering the option to adopt a kitten and get a second one free through June 22.