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Lexington man charged after video shows him beating dog, according to Animal Control

Mark Anthony Rice (Lexington County Detention Center)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – A South Congaree man is being charged with animal abuse after video shows him beating a dog with a blunt object, according to Lexington County Animal Control.

Twenty-six-year-old Mark Anthony Rice has been charged with one count of ill treatment toward animals, a felony charge that can carry up to a maximum of five years in prison, according to officers.

The video shows Rice beating a Cane Corso dog with a two-by-four piece of wood in front of his wife and small child, officers said.

“After receiving the video our officers took the appropriate steps in tracking down Mr. Rice and, with the help of the Sheriff’s Department, took him into custody,” Lexington County Animal Control Director Roy Mefford said. “Animal abuse is not tolerated in this County.”

Officers took three dogs and a cat from the home. The animals will now undergo medical examinations and will be held by the Lexington County Animal Shelter, according to Mefford.

The Town of South Congaree Police Department also charged Rice with one count of second-degree criminal domestic violence for allegedly threatening his wife and one count of unlawful conduct towards a child for beating the dog in front of the child, according to South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert.

Rice I now at the Lexington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

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