Accused Person, Horry County Animal Care Treatment Ordinance

A dog has died after being trapped in a car in 95-degree weather in the Tanger Outlets parking lot outside the Nike store in Myrtle Beach, Horry County Police said.

Billie McKie, 41, of Columbia, told police she tried to park in the shade and left a cracked window ‘while she went shopping’, the report said. ‘incident. She also said the dog was in the car for “15 to 20 minutes.”

The incident happened around 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26 and by the time the responder arrived, McKie and a bystander had already pulled the dog out of the vehicle, but the dog was “passing unconscious and panting heavily,” according to the incident report.

The dog was taken to nearby VCA Palmetto Veterinary Hospital, where the dog was pronounced dead after the doctor said the dog was “incurable because the inside of the dog was already too overheated”, the report said.

The report also states that McKie was arrested and was “cooperative and understood that she had made the wrong decision.”

Details about the dog’s breed and age are unclear at this time.

Mikayla Moscov, public information officer for the Horry County government, said McKie was charged under the county’s animal care and treatment order.

In response to this incident, the Horry County Animal Center wrote in a Facebook post, “Under the Horry County Animal Care and Treatment Ordinance, it is illegal to subject an animal to extreme conditions. … The temperature outside the car that day was 95 degrees. We can only imagine how hot it was inside. A dog died because of a bad decision, and that won’t change anything.

Bryn covers breaking news from Horry County, South Carolina for The Sun News. She graduated from Winthrop University in May 2022 where she is studying English and Journalism. She has signings with The Johnsonian and The Sumter Item. Bryn loves investigative journalism and local news.

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