An Upstate dog was shot and killed, and deputies said its body was found in a bag miles away in the next county.
Its owner and sheriff's investigators are looking for whoever's responsible.
Pickens County deputies said the shooting likely happened somewhere in the Easley area of the county, but the dog was found by Anderson County deputies in Powdersville.
Kelly McKenna is Chappy's owner, and she said her family is used to hearing occasional gunshots in their rural neighborhood. She said when her father-in-law heard gunfire just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, they didn't think much of it.
Then, barely a half an hour later, she said she got a call from Anderson County deputies, who said they found her dog, wrapped in plastic, on the side of the road, almost 10 miles from home.
She admits that her dog would wander the area, but that her 13year-old chow-Sharpe mix always came back.
Pickens sheriff's investigators said the county does have an ordinance requiring dog owners to keep their pets on their own property. But, they said, there's also a law that bans anyone from killing an animal, unless that animal is threatening.
Investigators and McKenna don't know what happened Tuesday night. McKenna said, though, even if someone shot Chappy in defense, it's what they did with him later that bothers her the most.
"It's a helpless animal. You can't go doing that. I don't care how much that dog is trying to harm you. If you were at least going to do something like that, pick up the phone and call. He had a collar on. It had his name, it has phone numbers, it has addresses. It's just not right," said McKenna.
The dog owner is offering a reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whoever did it.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.
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