Crime

July 23, 2014

Conway man charged after dog shot in front of woman, two young children

Horry County police arrested a 20-year-old Conway man Tuesday on charges he shot a dog in front of its owner and two children last month, according to a report.

Horry County police arrested a 20-year-old Conway man Tuesday on charges he shot a dog in front of its owner and two children last month, according to a report.

Cortez Steasean Sherman, 20, of Conway was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday on charges of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, ill treatment of animals and two counts of cruelty to children, according to jail records. Sherman was released at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday on $4,500 bail.

Horry County officers were called about 8 p.m. June 26 to a home on Adrian Highway, which is located off U.S. 701 North near S.C. 22.

A 24-year-old woman was in the front yard with two children, ages 3 and 5, when she said Sherman and another man drove into the yard and told her they were taking the dog, according to the police report. The woman said she told the men the dog was not theirs, so the men went back to the vehicle.

The victim said one of the men returned with a shotgun and pointed it at her before he walked to the dog, a yellow female that was chained next to the porch, according to the incident report. The victim said the man shot the dog at least four times, killing it.

The victim said she was calling police and the men threatened to kill a 38-year-old man who lives at the home, but was not there during the shooting, according to the report. A neighbor also gave police a similar version of events that happened and a description of the vehicle.

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