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      Man arrested for "cruel killing" of two dogs

      Bobby Joe McConnell, 47, of Georgetown, is charged with three counts of Ill Treatment of Animals after deputies say he killed two dogs and tried to kill a third.

      Georgetown County sheriff's investigators began their investigation immediately after Darra, the dog that survived, was found on July 2nd . She was bound with duct tape, struggling to stay afloat in the International Paper canal on Brick Chimney Road. She also had a head injury.

      Several days later, the bodies of two other dogs were found. They too were bound with duct tape.

      Investigators say tips they received led them to McConnell. Witnesses told them McConnell made statements to them about how he was going to dispose of the dogs.

      Investigators learned Darra belonged to McConnell's daughter and one of the deceased dogs belonged to his mother-in-law. It's not clear who owned the third dog.

      "Many of the leads and tips came to light during this investigation as a result of the immediate release of the incidents and the prompt publishing by the media," said Sheriff Lane Cribb. "I would like to thank everyone who assisted during this investigation which allowed my investigators to conduct a thorough investigation and bring justice for three helpless and harmless dogs."

      McConnell had a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set at $15,000.