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Struck dog leads to ugly roadside scene

dog_kennedy_t600An ugly scene on the side of the road turned uglier in McClellanville, S.C. last week, leaving a dog dead, one man in the hospital and another in jail.

Sheriff’s officials said William T. Youngman, after accidentally striking a dog with his pick-up truck, used a hammer and a machete to try and end the pet’s suffering.

Upon seeing his dog being attacked (but not having seen the accident) James Brian Kennedy took the hammer from Youngman and began beating him.youngmansc1

Youngman, 57, suffered multiple skull fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to his family.

The Charleston Post & Courier, quoted family members as saying Youngman is an animal lover and was only trying to put the dog out of his misery.

Youngman’s daughter told the newspaper her father lives in a rural area where there is no veterinarian nearby. He did not have a gun to end the dog’s pain, she said.

Youngman, against whom animal cruelty charges may be filed, was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit at the Medical University Hospital on Friday afternoon. The dog, named Dingo, suffered a spinal chord injury and was euthanized Friday night.

Kennedy paid bail and was released from jail, but faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill.

Comments

Comment from Lori
Time October 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

The man who was jailed acted accordingly, the idiot driving the truck should face animal cruelty charges! What a horrible death for the poor dog.

Comment from Jean Chastain
Time October 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I just wanted to make a comment on the above article. I don’t think that the owner of the dog should be held and charged for this incident. Granted he beat the motorist that hit the dog but he was trying to get him to stop beating the already injured animal. The driver had no right beating the animal and causing it an injury that led to it’s being euthanized. It was not the driver’s place to take matters in his own hands. He should have let the authorities handle the situation or tried first to find the owner of the animal. The innocent ones are the ones that are now being punished in this situation and the animal ended up losing its life which probably would not have happened had the driver not so mercilessly beaten him. How can he say it was the humane thing to do? Since when is beating a dog to death with a machete humane?

Comment from UncleRoy
Time October 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm

The dog killed is an extremely rare species of dog and an American treasure. The dog was named “Dingo”and is a North American Dingo or Carolina dog. People like Youngerman often maim and shoot these dogs because they are too stupid to know about them and think they are strays.
Very few now exist in the wild and face extinction.
http://www.carolinadogs.com/special_breed.html
http://www.carolinadogs.com/general.html

Please email the Charleston County Sherrif’s Dept. to have charges filed against Youngerman for animal cruel J. Al Cannon Jr.
3505 Pinehaven Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 202-1700
(843) 308-7344 (Fax)
alcannon@charlestoncounty.org (E-Mail)
http://www.ccso.charlestoncounty.org (Web)

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