Deputies said on Apr. 3, William Wendell Harpe III was arrested after an investigation. Deputies were notified after a photo of a dog possibly being abused was posted on Snapchat.
Harpe told investigators the puppy had his ears cropped by a veterinarian.
Deputies said after an investigation, they were unable to identify a veterinarian who performed the procedure and Harpe refused to provide the name of one.
Harpe is charged with ill treatment of animals and giving false information to law enforcement.
Harpe reached out to FOX Carolina on social media, sharing a photo of the dog he said was taken minutes after the tape photo. Harpe said the tape was wrapped so the first layer was not stuck to the dog.
He also said he has rescued many dogs and believes the charges will be dropped.
William Wendell Harpe III
Booking Number: WHMW12311984
Booking on: 4/3/2017
County: Cherokee, South Carolina
Date of Birth: 12/31/1984
Violation Code: Arrest warrant 2017a11101
Violation Description: ILL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS
(WBTV - April 6, 2017)