BONNEAU, S.C.–A Bonneau man is behind bars in connection with an animal cruelty case.
On June 28, 2017 a photo of Brandon Lee Wiggins, 20, appearing to choke a small puppy was sent to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
It resulted in the arrest of Brandon Lee Wiggins for one count of Ill Treatment of Animals.
Witnesses statements from the investigation showed that Wiggins and the witness had been involved in an argument and that, after the argument, that Wiggins began to physically assault a small black dog with a closed fist. The victim stated that Wiggins then picked up the puppy by its throat, restricted its airflow and then threw the animal off the back porch.
Detectives conducted an inspection of the animals on the property where the photo was taken and it appeared as though the puppy was not permanently harmed.
Upon issuance of the warrant, Wiggins was arrested and transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center for booking and to await a bond hearing this evening at 6:30pm.
“Although we were notified concerning this issue, it took some time to investigate and validate the allegations. It is a real shame that someone would harm a defenseless animal and we are glad that it appeared to be not permanently harmed,” Sheriff Duane Lewis stated.