ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCBD) — Authorities in Orangeburg County say a man who they said shot his own dogs and later reported missing has been apprehended in Arkansas.
Michael Havens, II, was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Jackson, Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.
“Mr. Havens had been entered into the National Crime Information Center after warrants were obtained for his arrest on two counts of ill treatment of animals,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “We are in the process of extraditing him back to the State of South Carolina right now. He will face his charges.”
Ravenell said Havens had been sought since a March 25 incident involving the Knott Drive man’s own dogs. OCSO deputies were originally sent to Knott Drive where residents said they heard the sound of gunshots and dogs yelping from a residence on their street.
Investigators found Haven who said he had shot his dogs due to complaints from neighbors about the animals, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. One animal ran off after being shot while another was tied to a tree.
Animal control was called out to retrieve the animals. The surviving animal was treated for injuries to its mouth and nose area. The case was turned over to the OCSO investigators, who then obtained warrants on Havens.
However, the day those warrants were obtained against Havens, he was reported missing by a relative.
“We had several instances in the past several months where our suspect has been picked up in another state half way across the country,” Ravenell said. “But, again, with the seriousness of these charges, and the helplessness of those animals, we’ll find you and bring you back.”