CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Leaders at the Charleston Animal Society say they have increased security after a threatening post was made towards them on social media.
The post, which was submitted by Charleston Carriage Horse Caretakers and Supporters on February 13th, criticized a Valentine’s Day adoption ad and included, “#hopeitgoeswell Don’t wanna have a #valentinesdaymassacre over there at the house of animal exploitation.”
Joe Elmore, the organization’s president and CEO, said: “safety for the people who come visit us at the shelter is always our top priority.”
The original ad promoted a Valentine’s Day adopt-a-thon for pets at the Animal Society.
On Wednesday, a carriage tour guide was arrested after reports he assaulted a carriage horse advocate outside of her downtown home. A police report showed the man, John Gordon Polk, honked his horn and shouted at a woman who had a carriage horse advocacy banner hanging on her fence.
It says the woman, Ellen Harley began taking photos of the man and his license plate when Polk slapped Harley’s hand and knocked her phone to the ground. Mrs. Harley, nor the phone, was injured in that incident.
Polk was later released on a $1,087 bond.
“We are concerned by the escalating behavior we are seeing. But our advocacy for working animals downtown will continue,” said Elmore. “These kinds of threats have no place in the ongoing debate of carriage tours in Charleston.
Count in 2 reporter Natalie Price is digging into this story. We’ll have the latest on the threat investigation on-air and online as we learn more.