Saturday, July 15, 2017

South Carolina: Why wouldn't Spatranburg Animal Control officers take this dog directly to the vet? A dog that they say couldn't even stand up???? Julian Fowler, 28, has been charged with animal cruelty, but it's the animal control officer who should be charged as well for leaving the dog to die

I know I post a lot of Pit Bull attacks on this blog and have very strong opinions about them, but a reader had asked why I include these cruelty cases involving Pit Bulls. Whatever my opinion about Pit Bulls being inherently vicious, I don't think ANY animal should suffer and die as a result of cruelty or neglect. 

SOUTH CAROLINA -- A man is under arrest after his Pit Bull died from being chained up outside without shelter or water in extreme heat, according to Spartanburg County Animal Control.

Julian Carl Fowler, 28, is charged with ill treatment of animals.

Officers said it happened on July 5 at 718 Ethridge Point in Boiling Springs.

Mechee Sullivan and Julian Fowler are listed as the residents of this property.

An officer found the dog in the back corner of the property panting loud enough for the officer to hear it.

The officer knocked on the door of the home and told a woman they were there for a welfare check on the dog.

They went to the backyard and saw that the dog didn’t have shelter or water.

The officer said the dog was panting heavily and appeared unable to get to its feet. The dog’s temperature was 114 degrees, according to animal control.

The woman [unnamed in the article but clearly believed to be Mechee Sullivan] got a bucket of water and started to pour it on the dog and in a bowl.

She said the dog belonged to her boyfriend Julian Fowler.

She called Fowler several times and told him about the situation.

Meanwhile, the dog is in distress and Animal Control JUST STANDS THERE!!!

Fowler eventually came to the home and said the dog was his and didn’t have a fence for the dog, so he had to chain him up outside.

Animal control told Fowler to get medical attention for the dog AND THEN THEY GOT IN THEIR VEHICLES AND DROVE AWAY!!!

They followed up the next day with the vet and found out the dog had died.

According to a report, Fowler [and Sullivan] waited until the following day to take the dog to the vet.

The vet said Fowler brought the dog in that morning at 9 a.m. It died later that day.


Fowler told officers that he didn’t take the dog to the vet until the day after the incident because the dog had been throwing up and using the bathroom all night.

Fowler was released Monday from the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a $5,000 PR bond.

Full name: Julian Carl Fowler
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Height: 6'01"
Weight: 175
Birthdate: 10/06/88
Arrest age: 28
Address: 718 Ethridge Point, Boiling Springs, SC
Arresting agency: Spartanburg Sheriff's Office
Animal Torture
47-01-0040 2804

(7News - July 11, 2017)

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