In a home in South Carolina, police officers and animal control officials discovered a horrific scene. A man had barricaded his dog in a bathroom, trapped behind an air conditioner and weight lifting equipment. But even once they got to the dog in order to extract it, they couldn't – two of the poor dog's paws had literally been screwed to the doorframe, painfully and tortuously keeping it frozen in place.
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Officers were able to remove one screw from the pup's paw, but the other three-inch screw was in too deep – the dog's abuser had used a power drill to make sure that it was never coming out.
The exhausted dog had to withstand its paw literally being ripped from the screw so that rescuers could rush it to safety. It is safe and recovering, but it will be a long time before the emotional and physical scars from this ordeal heal.
The dog's owner showed up at the tail end of this rescue, and did everything he could to evade arrest and stop this poor animal from getting to safety. Luckily he was stopped, and will be charged. But animal cruelty laws are lacking in South Carolina – literal torture of an animal only carries a sentence of "up to two years in jail and fines of up to $2,000." The person who did this clearly needs a great deal of help, and absolutely deserves to lose the privilege of caring for an animal ever again. A fine and jail time are not solutions to the devastating actions taken against this poor dog, or the underlying causes.
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