An 8-year-old German Shepard struck by a vehicle and badly injured March 7 on St. Andrews Road is recovering after extensive medical treatment, including the amputation of its right hind leg, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release.
A preliminary investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department concluded that after the dog – known as Arabella, Phoebe, and Miracle – was struck, it made its way out off the road to where she was found, collapsed, behind Accurate Diagnostics at 1117 St. Andrews Road.
“According to the veterinarian and Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators, there were no signs of the dog being dragged behind a vehicle” as suggested on a Facebook page set up for the dog, Lott said.
The dog’s owner told investigators that her two dogs, Phoebe and another dog which is still missing, have a history of slipping out of her fenced property.
The owner has since turned the dog over to Dogs Rock Animal Rescue NYC, which is paying for its treatment.
The sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help identifying the person who hit the dog. You can call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” followed by the tip information, or log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.