MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – The dog confiscated by police after being thrown into a pool in an animal cruelty case on Saturday is already “full of life and happiness” according to animal rescue services.
The 15 week old puppy is now called Sarah, said Jessica Wnuk, Grand Strand Humane Society Executive Director.
She has been renamed Sarah McLachlan by the Humane Society staff, whose song can be seen in ASPCA commercials.
She was in the custody of the Humane Society after police arrested her owners at the Hilton Ocean Enclave Hotel on Saturday.
Dillon Lark is charged with animal cruelty and public poisoning after police said he kicked the dog in the hotel pool and watched it almost drown.
“The first time we took her to the shelter, of course, she was afraid of everything after what she had just been through,” Wnuk said. “(Now) she has a big appetite and she has learned that she likes to play with toys.”
Wnuk says the group sees more cases like Sarahs.
“We see an increase in cruelty every year at this time of year,” Wnuk said. “The number of enemas we have received this year has been much higher than any other year in the past.