Cops Save Great Dane Wandering With Duct Tape Around Her Head And Mouth

After the Darlington County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous call about a dog wandering the streets they went to find her and found the large dog with her head and mouth duct taped shut!

The deputies were able to catch the dog and safely remove the tape and took her to Darlington County Animal Shelter for care and treatment.

“Aurora is a one very lucky lady. She was found in time to be saved!” writes Darlington County Humane Society Rescue. “A very poised, polite lady, she is still in a bit of [a] daze having been picked up yesterday morning by the Sheriff’s Department, with duct tape wrapped around her head and mouth.”


Photo credit: Darlington County Sheriff’s Department

Fortunately for Aurora, the duct tape didn’t do any permanent damage. The vets believe she had been taped for up to a day and a half, but luckily the tape had not cut off any circulation!

“Here is Aurora’s BEAUTIFUL face! The vet feels she is a pure bred Great Dane. She is one tall and proud lady! Estimated to be 3-4 yrs old, she has a sweet, gentle disposition and has the patience of a saint,” says her rescuers.

However, the Great Dane isn’t out of the woods yet. The lovely lady is quite a bit underweight. She scored a 4 out of 9 on the Body Condition Index (with 9 being optimal health). She’s also loaded down with whip worms, hook worms and unfortunately tested positive for life-threatening heart worms.

Her treatment will be expensive, but her rescuers are confident they will get her healthy.


Photo credit: Darlington County Humane Society Rescue

As the Sheriff’s Department is still actively investigating, her abandonment and abuse, Aurora is not yet free to be adopted, although people are welcome to submit and adoption application.

The humane society said that they are very hopeful that the authorities will find out who committed this atrocity against Aurora. “As a county, we do not have a high population of Great Danes in residence so surely someone knows something about her. Paws Crossed!! We love our animals in Darlington County and it breaks our hearts to see ANY of our pets being abused.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at 843-398-4501 or 843-398-4920.

Update April 8:
Aurora is now in foster care and is doing AWESOME! The Sheriff’s Dept has not yet fully released her to us as her abuse case is still very active BUT in the mean time, she is getting pampered and the red carpet has been rolled out for her. In her own words:

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to let you know I spent my first night in my foster home. It was exciting. My foster mom picked me up at the shelter and I got to ride in the back of her SUV. I sprawled out and relaxed while she drove. We got home and we went to the garage where she put my crate together. I just watched her and wonder what she thought was going to happen with that thing. She tried to get me to go into it and I heard her say I wasn’t crate trained. She gave up as she had to go pick up her dog from his play date. So I just hung out in the garage and waited for her to return.

I met my foster brother “D” and he is a golden retriever mix and super nice. I also met her two cats. They don’t like me but she said they will come around as they have with other foster dogs or they can stay in their crates when I am in the house. The one tried to kill me, but all I did was try to get away and hide. My foster mom gave me big hugs and told me I was a good girl. I guess I past the cat test and I didn’t show any bad tendencies towards them.

We went on a little walk and I loved that. I want to go on walks all of the time. I see yards with fences in her neighborhood and would love to have one for my very own in my “furever” home. I also want to run and I have secretly decided if my foster mom will run, then I will get in the crate. So I guess I get to live crate free! J Just don’t tell her my secret, PLEASE.

I met my neighbor and her husband, “M” and children. I liked them all. The one little boy was only as tall as I my head and all I could do was just love on him while he loved on me. “M” is so nice, I could just follow him everywhere and I did try, but this leash thing stopped me.

Well, I am getting tired and right now I am curled up on the couch with my foster brother “D” and my foster mom, so I am going to sign off for now, but I promise to give you lots of updates so you can see how I am doing.
Thank you so much for the generous donations, They will help me and many other dogs I met at the shelter. They work so hard out there to take care of all of the unwanted dogs and cats, they need the financial help and volunteer help. Love, Aurora

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