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11/12/2012 5:34:00 PM
Man arrested after allegedly running over dogs
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HODGES, SC – A man has been arrested after he allegedly ran over several dogs with the intention of killing them after he says they attacked his dogs.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to 2014 Ridge Road in reference to an animal complaint on November 4th . When the deputy arrived, he made contact with a female who stated that her miniature Doberman pinscher had been attacked by a pack of about eight dogs. The report states that she told the deputy that the dogs also attacked another dog and a goat that were tied up in the back yard.

According to the report, while the deputy was speaking with the female a male, later identified as Donald Louis Zarnowski, 33, pulled into the driveway, exited his vehicle and told the deputy that he had “gotten them all” and that they were “laying (sic) in the road.” When the deputy asked if Zarnowski intentionally ran over the dogs, he replied, “Yes.”

The report states that Zarnowski then took the deputy approximately 100 yards down the road where the deputy observed a shepherd-mix dog lying in the road. According to the report, the dog was still breathing, but appeared to have fatal injuries. The deputy then observed a basset hound lying just inside the edge of the woods that appeared to have a broken pelvis or broken spine along with two other dogs that appeared to have injuries to their legs.

According to the report, the deputy put the two dogs down with his service weapon since they were suffering. Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that Zarnowski had gone looking for the dogs after they had attacked his dog. Zarnowski located them about 100 yards down the road and ran them over, according to the report. The report also states that it was evident that Zarnowski accelerated to hit the dogs.

The deputy located the owner of one of the dogs who told the deputy that Zarnowski should have killed his dog if it was attacking Zarnowski’s dog. The owner further stated that Zarnowski could bury the animal so that he would not have to bury him. The deputy could not locate an owner for the other dog.

Zarnowski was arrested late Friday afternoon and charged with ill treatment of animals. Zarnowski was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and released on Saturday.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Amy Doolittle

I am for animals not people .we as humans were put here to take care of animals the way this was handled makes me sick. I wish animals could do the same to people that people do to them .

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Brian M

People if you love your animals so much put them up or be financailly responsible for their actions. Otherwise they are a nuisance and should be shot on site if they pose a threat or endanger another person's property. Put them up or get a shovel ready.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: james overton

This redneck needs to rethink his decisions, it could have been handled in a better manner. He needs to be secluded in a psychiatric facility!


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: jacqueline s sample

I am the mother of the five year old daughter that walked out the door to see what all the noise was about. My daughter and I walked out on our porch to find our dog getting attacked for food. I tried to get the dog off my porch and the dog tried to attack me and my daughter. Donald ran out the house and called 911. Approximately 15 mins. later the police showed up. Donald went to find the owners because these dogs have threatened our family multiple times. On his way to find the owners, Donald pulled a man's truck out of the lake and when he was on his way back home the pack of dogs ran from the woods out into the road and he accidently hit the dogs. It is a crying shame that people don't take care of their animals. We do and now we are being accused of animal abuse. None of the dogs were tagged and were aggressive and starving. Tell me were is the justice.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: linda drake

I agree with Patience Curtis.



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