PETA offers anti-cruelty campaign to Charleston County schools after boys charged in Awendaw dog abuse case

April 25, 2017 GMT

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked Charleston County school officials to take part in an anti-animal cruelty campaign after three boys were charged in connection with a burned dog found dead in Awendaw this month.

PETA sent letters Tuesday to all Charleston County schools asking for their participation, according to a statement from the organization.

Free materials including lesson plans, teacher’s guides and Skype presentations will be offered through TeachKind, PETA’s humane-education branch, according to the statement.

Andy Pruitt, a spokesman for the Charleston County School District, confirmed Tuesday at least one school received a letter from PETA.

Whether district officials will take up PETA on the offer, or even discuss doing so, remains to be seen. Any such decision would require a meeting, Pruitt said.

On Friday, authorities charged three children — two 12-year-olds and one 13-year-old — with felony animal cruelty, ill treatment of animals and unlawful burning in connection with the April 11 incident.


A man discovered the dead animal near a gate at 7120 U.S. Highway 17. Investigators later determined the dog had been wrapped in a chain, dragged down the road and lit on fire.

No case updates were available Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the incident, could not be reached.