Man Releases 70 Dogs From Shelter for Two
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ A man accused of setting as many as 70 dogs loose from a Lowcountry shelter was trying to get back his friend’s two dogs who were picked up while he was taking care of them, police say.
Harland Titus, 42, has been charged with second-degree burglary.
Titus cut a hole in the fence March 18, trying to find the dogs, Charleston County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Capt. Dana Valentine said.
Those dogs weren’t at the shelter, but while looking for them, the burglar opened all of the outdoor dog runs. Up to 70 dogs escaped. Most have been caught unharmed, but one dog was struck and killed by a car and two others remain missing.
Deputies said tips from the public helped them find Titus. One person said Titus told him of his plans to release the dogs, according to an arrest warrant.
And a second witness said he saw Titus on the night of the break-in at a convenience store, deputies said.
Investigators watched a surveillance video from the store that showed Titus carrying a blue backpack and buying a bottle of malt liquor.
Both items were found by the hole in the fence, deputies said.