DOG DELIBERATELY KILLED IN BLAZING SUN
Finally, someone called animal control but it was too late. According to the
Examiner report "the black dog died horribly, deliberately left in a wire crate in the
blazing sun." Ambient temperatures were more than 100 degrees.
Florence, SC August 2010 - It took her over three horrific days to die,
literally cooked by the sun at the residence of Charles
Bell. It was not neighbors who called authorities.
Were they afraid of what the dog's owner would do to them or did they
just not care?
Turner, a Heating and A/C repairman doing work in the area
asked the lady of the house if the dog could be moved into
the shade. She slammed the door in his face. When Turner
returned to the area the next day and witnessed the dog’s
continued suffering, he called Animal Control.
was she locked in that crate in the direct sun, with no
shade, no water? The answer is obvious because a bucket
of water and a kennel enclosure with a tarp for shade were
only a few feet away from the crate in which she was
imprisoned. It is impossible to imagine the dog’s frantic
desperation as, parched and dying an agonizing death, she
could see shelter and smell the water she couldn’t reach.
Such unfathomable cruelty is not uncommon in today’s
society. The same week that Charles Bell (mug shot
photo at right) went to court, a
SC network TV station reported that domestic violence (the police-response kind of violence) affects 3 out of
every 100 households in Greenville and Spartanburg South Carolina!
On July 23rd a huge crowd showed up to hear Charles Bell
plead that he loves animals, that it wasn’t his fault, and that
the dog was “in the care of” his 15 year old son.
court room spectator observed that Bell “is a worse human being than he
is a father, but that ain’t sayin’ much for him.”
We have omitted the name of the presiding judge who imposed a $1092
fine including court costs. Bell was also given 30 days in
jail, to be served on weekends. The female judge ordered him
to turn his other dog over to animal control.
The packed courtroom spilled into the hallway where many appeared on camera to voice
their feelings about such horrific animal cruelty.
One lady said "That poor man, he needs some help!"
to which a muscular black man said "He should get the same
sentence he gave the dog."
The results of this case are indicative of a segment of
society as warped as the defendant. Bell is unlikely to pay
the fine or serve a full sentence. The permissive attitude
of today’s judicial system will probably ignore the failure
A woman spectator sobbed “where was that boy’s mama? That
child is needin’ some help!” Indeed, one bystander
speculated that the man’s son was also at risk. The fact
that the middle-aged black man could blame such an inhuman
act on his son speaks volumes about his character.
Whether the 15-year old committed the crime or not, the
father must have, should have, known about it. Where are
the child protective services? Is the youngster in danger?
We’ll follow this case and hope no other news emerges.
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