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Dog left to die in crate located in blazing temperatures, public help needed

July 19, 2010

Simulposted with Dog News Examiner

Certain dog stories so unpleasant that they are difficult to share. However, some stories are so important that they must be shared.

On June 23, 2010, city animal control was called to the residence of Charles Bell, where they discovered the dead body of a dog that had been left in a crate in the sun for two miserable, long days. The dog had been left in the locked crate with no food, no water, and most importantly, no shade. The temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees.

It is nearly impossible to comprehend the suffering that this poor dog endured as she lay in the intense heat with no means to cool her parched body. Apparently someone had asked the owner if the dog could be moved to the shade and he (Charles Bell) refused.

There are photos showing a kennel enclosure right next to the deceased dog’s wire crate. The kennel enclosure had a tarp on the top for shade, and a bucket full of water. The now deceased dog had to look at this kennel enclosure (that could have saved her life) as she lamented in the wire crate with no relief for her suffering. It appears that the dog was intentionally being made to suffer in the most inhumane manner possible.

This story is being relayed to readers for a very specific purpose. Charles Bell must be made to pay for his crime against this innocent dog. He is going to court on July 23 and there are people in his community that need to be aware of his actions – it is time to speak up on behalf of this abused dog – a dog that never had a voice – a dog that died alone in a horrible, agonizing manner.

Please contact the following people to voice your well thought out and professional comments (while this may justify outraged expletives, the letters and comments will hold more weight if they are provided with educated and thoughtful restraint). Please feel free to use the SAMPLE LETTER below for correspondence to Mayor Wukela.

Mayor Stephen Wukela:

Chief of Police Anson Shells: 843-665-3191
Major Carlos Raines- Criminal Investigations Div: 843-665-3191
Judge Debbie Jackson- 843-665-3148

More information on the Police Department, City of Florence can be found at

Address for the above names:
City of Florence
City-County Complex AA
180 North Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501-3456

Please stand up for this dog – she had no voice as she lay dying last month. Please take a moment and voice your disgust over this man’s horrifying actions. Take a moment to let the courts and authorities in South Carolina that abuse can not be tolerated and abusive actions must be punished.


Dear Mayor Wukela,

I have learned of an extremely disturbing and malicious case of animal cruelty in which Charles Bell, allegedly, deliberately caused the suffering and death of a dog, left to suffer in a cage, denied food, water, and shade or comfort in blistering temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. This alleged incident was discovered by animal control personnel on June 23, 2010, when they determined the dog had been left there for two days prior to them being requested to intervene. I respectfully request you use your position as a respected city official to support the most severe punishment for Mr. Bell.

Please allow me to elaborate. Our global communities share laws, moral and written, and when one person demonstrates such a gross lack of respect for both, our societies must react with concern for the innocent and potential victims, who include both non-human and human animals. It is our obligation to protect them from both manufactured and intrinsic cruelty, and although the distinction is often difficult to identify, the effect is not, and our priority is the innocent, in this case an innocent, sentient dog. Nobody possesses such heightened intuitive ability to determine the thoughts of another, but past behaviours are potentially indicative of future actions, and Mr. Bell’s callous disregard, so easily adopted as demonstrated by his unprovoked and lethal behaviour, needs to be regarded rather than dismissed.

Please respect the victims by penalizing the guilty and demonstrate your commitment to justice, responsibility, and integrity, attributes unquestionably necessary in an judicial setting: rejecting cruelty by maintaining an unyielding position towards it would be a model for all community members and would serve to characterize this type of behaviour as both impermissible and punishable.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.


31 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2010 9:42 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this for dog……i kept sharing and sharing the post but it didn’t get much attention……I feel a little better knowing that it now will….the bastard who did this did it on purpose, out of spite……..He should never be allowed to walk the streets again………


    • July 19, 2010 10:12 pm

      I have shared this story with EVERYONE I can share it with.. I pray that Charles Bell suffers endlessly..and is punished to the max!!! The scum bag!!


  2. July 19, 2010 10:06 pm

    Charles Bell needs to be sentenced to ATLEAST 2 days in a crate IN 100* TEMPS WITH OUT sHADE … WITHOUT WATER AND without FOOD..and left to die!!! Its a shame a monster like this is breathing the same air we do!! I hope he rots in HELL!! Nothing on the face of the Earth deserves to die the way that poor little dog did…for whatever the reason. An animal like this is NO SAFE for ANYONE to be around!!


  3. July 19, 2010 10:24 pm

    Thank you for picking up this horrific case. I get a sick to my stomach when I think of the slow, tortous death he must have suffered. I would like to put this abuser in a cage and set him out in the hot sun to bake to death over the course of a few days as he did that poor dog. I will make the calls first thing in the a.m.


  4. July 20, 2010 12:42 am

    THIS IS SO TERRIBLY CRUEL! Please see that an example is made of this man,
    that he is never allowed near an animal again, that he be made to do a lot of
    community service to try to make up in a small way for what he has done, and
    that he receives the maximum sentence that can be imposed. I’d also like to see laws strengthened and penalties stiffened for any and every crime like this one. I pray
    for this man, and pray I’ll stop hating him so much that I almost wish HE
    were in the cage in the blistering, killing heat. He’s cruel in the worst sense of the word,
    and CANNOT get away without being punished for this crime.


  5. LoVegan permalink
    July 20, 2010 3:59 am

    Thank you for the letter, I sent it and naturally I shared. I also signed this petition:
    Some people don’t deserve the immense luck to share their lives with animals. Poor dog :((


  6. Wanda Horner permalink
    July 20, 2010 7:23 am

    Dear Mayor Wukela, With upmost respect for you I pray that what Charles Bell has done to the dog in the cage, no water or food, left to die unmerciful & no conscience, he gets punished for this. The dog didn’t deserve that kind of treatment! God put the animals on earth for us to love not harm them. The poor thing could not help itself in any way. Why not take the dog to an animal shelter if Charles Bell didn’t want it? Why be so mean & cruel. I pray that he gets punished to the max!!! He deserves to sit out in 90-100 degrees for 2 days with no food & water. If we don’t stop this animal cruelty now it will never end. So I beg of you to punish this man. Maybe this will show others that are sick that this will not be tolerated. Please, please punish this man for this act of cruelty!!! Thanks so much.

    Wanda Horner
    Greensboro, NC


  7. July 20, 2010 7:46 am

    Thank you for this. I sent the letter.


  8. Wilma Gregory permalink
    July 20, 2010 7:50 am

    I think that this guy should be punished to the degree that he did to this poor animal, there is no reason for this to happen to an animal. All the animals do is love you unconditionally and
    ask for very little in return. If we let this go unpunished what is this world coming to. PUNISH HIM TO The MAX and BEYOND>


  9. MICHELLE MOREL permalink
    July 20, 2010 8:21 am



  10. Sarah Dolinsek permalink
    July 20, 2010 8:56 am

    Just breakes my heart. I hope it breakes yours too.


  11. Jill R permalink
    July 20, 2010 8:57 am

    unacceptable!!! 😦


  12. July 20, 2010 9:20 am

    More terrible behaviour from a member of the human race ?


  13. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    July 20, 2010 10:12 am

    what kind of person
    so filled with hate
    could leave this poor
    dog to bake in a crate
    no water no food
    no shelter
    just sun
    beating down
    her chances, none
    for the monster
    known as charles bell
    it is time for
    a dank jail cell!!!!!


  14. Shelley permalink
    July 20, 2010 10:38 am

    This person deserves jail time for this.


  15. Deon van Zyl permalink
    July 21, 2010 12:14 am

    Such a horrible crime should be severely punished, a hefty fine and jail sentence for you Charles Bell!!


  16. July 21, 2010 4:16 am

    This man deserves the electric chair, the people that comit these crimes against innocent animals should be punished severely! OR KILLED! Like what they did to the animal!
    I cry when I hear it!


  17. Karen permalink
    July 21, 2010 6:36 am

    What a bastard….he sure endure exactly what he meted out…….


  18. Hayley permalink
    July 21, 2010 8:21 am

    I hope this man is punished severley. This is a total disgrace, and deeply sad. The poor girl must of been in agony, this is awfull, he cannot get away with this. inprisonment, fine AND never allowed to keep any form of living creature AGAIN!!!!!!!!


  19. Judith permalink
    July 21, 2010 12:28 pm

    Sending this letter now! Also going to the petition site! I would love nothing more than to be the one to shove this heartless bastard in a cage and leave him out in a 100 degree heat with no water…..Soulless bastard……Thank you Stacey….


  20. Carla Lesh permalink
    July 21, 2010 4:15 pm

    This bastard should rot in hell.. Jesus.. what the hell do we have to do to let the courts understand that Animals have the same damn rights that we do.. this is animal cruelty at it’s worst. poor little guy…. god damn. I am so mad right now… I hope the judge does the right thing and puts this man in a cage in the heat.. what a bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  21. Dimitra - Sophia Mandali permalink
    July 21, 2010 8:41 pm

    Wish he suffers the same exact way and even worse !!!
    Bastard !!!!


  22. July 22, 2010 2:08 am

    Stop such cases!


  23. Isabel Esteve Bertomeu permalink
    July 22, 2010 8:13 am

    Enviado y compartido


  24. July 23, 2010 12:06 am

    I have faith that karma will work its magic. I never wish ill will on anyone – but I do say what goes around comes around……… Ppl like this need prayers – animal cruelty should absolutely be treated as a serious crime – and for that – one should do the time…….


  25. Bee permalink
    July 23, 2010 11:28 am

    This is a disgrace to the human race, to let an animal suffer soo much deserves a hard punishment.

    Please put this man behind bars for a long time, if he does it to an animal
    what would he do to a child????

    Purposely suffering because you was mad at your dog?
    And the neighbor, I don’t understand, why didn’t he/she call humane society much sooner
    so that the dogs life could have been safed?


  26. Jodi permalink
    July 25, 2010 11:18 pm

    This is deplorable and I’m sure he will get the maximum fine. Jail time is wasted on this guy, just drop him off in the Mojave Dessert with no water and no food and let him find his way back!
    Anyway, the question that is really eating me up here is why the “alleged person” who asked to move the dog didn’t take further steps? If it was me, Id not only be calling Animal Control, ASPCA but also the local police. If I didn’t get a response, I’d have gone and taken the dog that same day.
    I think this is as disturbing.


  27. Rachael C permalink
    July 26, 2010 4:16 am

    One thing that needs to be is that when someone sees an abusive situation the laws backs them up and allows them to take measures to prevent them getting away with this kind of stuff. The person should have been able to move the dog or REmove it to safer environment.

    So many times someone sees an abuse and can do nothing or they are breaking the law. Our legal system is so upside down. More protection of rights for those who are cruel and intentionally so. So sad.


  28. LoVegan permalink
    July 30, 2010 2:22 am

    This is the email I got :
    UPDATE: Sentenced today July 23rd, 2010

    The sentence: 30 days in jail to be served on weekends and a fine of $1,092 is what torturing a dog to death for two days gets you in SC, even when it’s not your first offense. Thankfully they are taking his other animals away.

    The Examiner’s analysis: “According to the law of South Carolina, and this being Charles Bell’s third offense of animal cruelty, he should see no less than two years in jail with a fine set at the maximum of $2,000. Anything less would be an affront to all human decency after he left that poor dog to die of heat and thirst which he did knowingly as it is documented that a concerned neighbor made him aware of the dog’s plight.”

    Title 47, the animal cruelty law of South Carolina SECTION 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally.

    (A) Whoever knowingly or intentionally overloads, overdrives, overworks, ill-treats any animal, deprives any animal of necessary sustenance or shelter, inflicts unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal, or by omission or commission knowingly or intentionally causes these things to be done, for every offense is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment not exceeding sixty days or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or both, for a first offense; by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days or by a fine not exceeding eight hundred dollars, or both, for a second offense; or by imprisonment not exceeding two years or by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, or both, for a third or subsequent offense. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a first offense under this subsection shall be tried in magistrate’s or municipal court.

    (B) Whoever tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done for any of the offenses is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.

    30 days and a little fine. Is this justice???? leave him 30 days in a cage under the sun, so he can understand. It’s not the first time he abused animals, I’m afraid it won’t be the last. Let him know what it means.


  29. dog man permalink
    August 9, 2010 11:41 pm

    Sure hope this guy sees time behind bars. I will call tomorrow and see if he has been sentenced. This is rediculous and justice needs to be served in a court, with a stiff sentence following. Wonder why some people even get animals, when they don’t take care of them. Hope this guy doesn’t take of children or elderly.


  30. Lisa permalink
    July 13, 2011 7:35 pm

    There is a special place in heaven for this special, innocent, angel… And a special place in hell for those responsible for such intentional cruelty.


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