- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies are looking for six youths who wrapped a dog in chains, dragged it and set it on fire near the South Carolina coast.

Charleston County sheriff’s deputies are looking for four boys and two girls who appeared to be between 12 and 16 years old.

An examination will determine how the dog died.

Maj. Eric Watson told local media deputies have not found the dog’s owner.

Watson says the Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those responsible. Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter on James Island added $1,000 to the reward offer.

“I am beyond horrified at this cruelty and … total lack of compassion and empathy for a suffering animal,” the shelter’s president, Carol Linville, told The Post and Courier of Charleston.

Deputies were called to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw on U.S. 17 northeast of Charleston late Tuesday afternoon. The center’s director found the dead dog and nearby burning grass and saw the children leaving.

The Awendaw Fire Department put out the fire.

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