Justice for Dog Found Dead With Muzzle Taped Shut

duct taped dog via Orangeburg County Animal Control

Target: Leroy Ravenell, Orangeburg County Sheriff

Goal: Immediately apprehend person responsible for taping a dog’s muzzle shut and leaving it to starve to death.

A dog was recently found dead in a ditch with its muzzle taped shut. The dog, a black lab mix, was found near a deserted stretch of rural road by two people riding ATVs. According to the horrified couple, the dog was extremely emaciated, its bones visible under its skin as if it had been starved. According to Director of Animal Control Les Porter, this is one of the worst cases of cruelty he has ever seen.

Authorities who removed the tape say that it was wound very tightly, 15 or more times around, in a deliberate act of malice. They determined that the dog’s mouth was taped while it was still alive, and that the dog was likely deserted in the area in the height of the summer heat. Veterinarians confirm that the dog likely starved to death, experiencing great distress in the process.

So far, police are working to retrieve forensic evidence from the duct tape and have asked the public to come forward with any information they may have. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the identification and arrest of anyone involved in the crime.

This act of cruelty shocked the entire community. In order to protect both animals and humans from further violence, it is imperative that the person responsible is apprehended immediately. Sign the petition below to ask local police to dedicate extra resources to this case in order to quickly apprehend and lay charges against the person responsible.


Dear Sheriff Revenell,

A black lab mix was recently found dead with its muzzle taped tightly shut. The dog was found by a couple who had been riding ATV’s in a deserted rural area. Veterinarians suspect that the dog’s mouth was taped while it was alive, and it was abandoned and made to wander in the summer heat until it finally died.

This act shows deliberate malice toward an innocent animal, and the person responsible must be apprehended before any more harm can be caused. We, the undersigned, ask that you allocate extra resources to this case in the interest of quickly finding and bringing charges against the person responsible for this shocking crime.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Orangeburg County Animal Control

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  1. Again!! Find the bastard(s), and kick their asses into jail! Enough of this crap. The thing that drives me crazy is how cowardly, and lazy this is, not to mention sneaky. So many of these incidents are done with no one watching, or knowing. Get some teeth into the punishments for these pieces of slime, they don’t deserve any less….this little dog certainly got no leniency. Make the punishment fit the crime, and stop making animal abuse a lesser injustice.

  2. Nancy Dunlap says:

    This just is just sad. This poor defenseless dog left to die a painful death. The individual who did this is a MONSTER and needs to go to prison!

  3. Amar Taggarh says:

    Harsh punishment for harsh animal crimes now. The sick piece of shit should suffer the same way to show we are serious about animal suffering. Tears in my eyes as I write this. Poor baby.

  4. This is seriously sick. This type of person could easily do this to some

  5. Elizabeth Charlton says:

    Scum of the earth people. Kill them!

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    I hope the fckrs rot their asses in jail AND then in hell❗️😡
    Signed & Shared.

  7. Until there is change in animal cruelty laws in the U.S., this will continue to happen. With no real consequence to their actions there will be no incentive to stop. If we punish the perpetrators in the same manner that they hurt an animal, the message will be sent loud and clear that we will no longer tolerate these acts.

  8. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Sheriff Revenell: The Animal Kingdom are citizens of this Earth and they deserve our respect and protection. Please make this murder case a priority; the perpetrator responsible for this act of violence need to be identified and persecuted…

  9. This monster is mentally unstable! — this monster MUST be held accountable — If you don’t punish this monster, this horror will be repeated — our justice system MUST protect society & inform us of the seriousness of this monster’s brutality to animals! — we cannot allow it — just think of this sweet dog’s suffering — we do NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to abuse nor kill animals!

  10. Daniel Clemetson says:

    Dont apprehend whoever did this……….please, just shoot them on sight.

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