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Animal shelter reports several illegal abandonment this month

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A teenager is learning his lesson after he abandoned a puppy at a shelter after hours.

Video surveillance at the Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston shows a young man climbing over an eight foot fence on Tuesday night, after the shelter had closed. The man dropped a puppy onto the pavement below and left. The puppy was not injured. Charleston Animal Society is trying to contact the puppy's owners.

The teenager involved in the incident, who is not his puppy's owner, has agreed to meet with Aldwin Roman, Manager of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach to learn how to properly handle stray animals.

Another dog was left alone outside the shelter in the 90 degree heat. That dog was left alone in a crate.

A third case brings the total of abandoned pets at the shelter to three over the past month.

In South Carolina it is illegal to abandon an animal by leaving it unattended, even at an animal shelter.

Charleston Animal Society has an animal intake system that includes measures to control disease, aggressive animals and the overpopulation of the shelter.  The staff is trained give owners options may not be aware of to help them keep their pet.  Charleston Animal Society takes in 90% of all injured, abused and abandoned animals in Charleston County.
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