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Deputies investigate serious animal abuse case near Hollywood

WARNING: Some may find this story extremely disturbing

HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCBD) – Charleston County deputies are investigating a serious case of animal cruelty near Hollywood.

A deputy responded to an area off Route 174 and Washington Lane on Monday after receiving reports of a dog found in a nearby ditch.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the dog appeared to have numerous injuries to his body, including a point-blank gunshot wound to the face, gunshot wounds to each hind leg, fractured bones and other miscellaneous injuries.

The responding deputy said the wounds “didn’t look fresh”. He was taken to the Charleston Animal Society where employees estimated the injuries were five to seven days old.

Animal society workers scanned the dog’s microchip, which identified the animal as a recent adoptee from his shelter last month, named Bee.

The animal society attempted to contact the person listed on the microchip. They said the individual eventually returned his call and said he had recently sold the dog in a voicemail.

Authorities are working to get in touch with the person who allegedly purchased the dog.

Deputies said the dog had to be euthanized due to the extent of the injuries.