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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, May 11, 2023) – Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible animal abuse case after a puppy was found with serious facial injuries.

The Director of Berkeley Animal Center was alerted to an injured three-month-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, which was being rehomed on Facebook. A shelter staff member picked up the puppy and transported it to Mt. Holly Veterinary Clinic for medical treatment. According to the veterinarian, a zip tie or wire had been wrapped around the dog’s snout, cutting through its skin and causing swelling.

The puppy, who shelter staff named “Chief,” continues to seek medical care in a foster home. Anyone with information is asked to contact Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-719-7009.

Berkeley Animal Center is seeking donations for medical costs and other emergency care needs. Donations can be made at


-Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office-

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