A Richland County man was arrested after authorities say he shot his dog Wednesday morning.
Sheriff's Sergeant Curtis Wilson says deputies heard gunshots in a wooded area along Whispering Pines Road and then observed 26-year-old Robert Williams driving off in a hurry.
“He had shot his dog and then left the scene to let this dog die,” Wilson says. “We happened to be in the area patrolling and were able to get to that scene quickly and catch him speeding away.”
The injured dog emerged from the woods after deputies stopped Williams' for questioning.
Wilson says Williams told officers he shot the dog out of anger because it attacked another dog he had.
State law prohibits the torture, mutilation and cruel killing of animals and Williams was charged with felony ill treatment of animals.
“You know, the City of Columbia animal shelter is a place that you can take your unwanted pets to, which is located at 127 Humane Lane. They will gladly take that animal off your hands and do what's right,” Wilson says.
Richland County Animal Care took possession of the dog, which had to be euthanized due to its injuries.