HODGES, SC – A man has been arrested after he allegedly ran over several dogs with the intention of killing them after he says they attacked his dogs.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to 2014 Ridge Road in reference to an animal complaint on November 4th . When the deputy arrived, he made contact with a female who stated that her miniature Doberman pinscher had been attacked by a pack of about eight dogs. The report states that she told the deputy that the dogs also attacked another dog and a goat that were tied up in the back yard.
According to the report, while the deputy was speaking with the female a male, later identified as Donald Louis Zarnowski, 33, pulled into the driveway, exited his vehicle and told the deputy that he had “gotten them all” and that they were “laying (sic) in the road.” When the deputy asked if Zarnowski intentionally ran over the dogs, he replied, “Yes.”
The report states that Zarnowski then took the deputy approximately 100 yards down the road where the deputy observed a shepherd-mix dog lying in the road. According to the report, the dog was still breathing, but appeared to have fatal injuries. The deputy then observed a basset hound lying just inside the edge of the woods that appeared to have a broken pelvis or broken spine along with two other dogs that appeared to have injuries to their legs.
According to the report, the deputy put the two dogs down with his service weapon since they were suffering. Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that Zarnowski had gone looking for the dogs after they had attacked his dog. Zarnowski located them about 100 yards down the road and ran them over, according to the report. The report also states that it was evident that Zarnowski accelerated to hit the dogs.
The deputy located the owner of one of the dogs who told the deputy that Zarnowski should have killed his dog if it was attacking Zarnowski’s dog. The owner further stated that Zarnowski could bury the animal so that he would not have to bury him. The deputy could not locate an owner for the other dog.
Zarnowski was arrested late Friday afternoon and charged with ill treatment of animals. Zarnowski was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and released on Saturday.