Clarendon County Sheriff's Office officials are asking the public to help figure out who shot a Manning family's pet dog sometime on Monday. A deputy wrote in an incident report he was dispatched to the Carraway residence "in reference to the complainant's dog that had been shot."
Travis Carraway told the deputy he discovered his dog, Sookie, a 6-year-old blue bully pit bull, bleeding from the face when his family returned home about 4 p.m. that day.
The deputy wrote that he observed "swelling" and "puncture holes to the face and skull area" of the dog and saw that one of her eyes was swollen shut.
"It appeared that the dog had been shot with bird shot," the deputy wrote.
The report states the Carraways told the deputy that Sookie does not leave the yard. Carraway's wife, Whitley, said previously her home is set back from the road and that though there are woods near her property, hunting is not allowed there.
She said she does not think someone could have mistakenly come onto her property.
The only blood reportedly found was on the front porch.
Carraway said Sookie returned home from the veterinary office on Monday evening and is being fed soft foods after having teeth and the bullet removed from her jaw. On Tuesday, she said the family pet was having difficulties eating and drinking.
"She will get through it," Carraway said. "We will get through it."
In an email sent Wednesday morning, Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley wrote the agency will follow up on any and all leads regarding the incident.
He said information about the incident has been posted on the agency's Facebook page in an attempt to spread the word and gain leads.
The incident is a tragedy, he said, adding the sheriff's office will continue to work on the case until it is solved and appropriate charges are filed, if needed.
He said Monday was the first time an incident of this nature has been reported to the agency since he began serving as sheriff.