3 Charged with Neglect or Torture of 2 Dogs

Laurens Police charged three people in two Dog Neglect or Torture cases last week.


Officers Gallo and Yelton were dispatched to Cemetery Hill on North Harper at 4:07 Thursday afternoon where two women had reported observing a man dragging a dog along a sidewalk. He was standing by the dog along with the two women as officers arrived. When he was questioned as to what had happened, he reportedly replied, “Nothing, I just decided to stop….to allow the dog to rest for a moment.” Officers noted the brown and white female Pit Bull was breathing extremely fast with shallow breaths. A warrant states that the dog’s core body temperature was 109 degrees. An Animal Control officer turned the dog over to find found abrasions on her rear legs and along her stomach and nipples, apparently from being pulled by its collar around the neck. She had lost control of bowel and urine functions.

Animal Control took the dog for treatment; but, due to her condition, she was humanely euthanized.

The owner, 40-year-old Calvin Bernard Williams of Badgers Trestle, Laurens was charged with Ill Treatment of Animals, Torture. Mr. Willams was released this weekend on posting a $5,000 cash or surety bond.


Laurens Police arrested a man and woman late last week from a dog neglect incident discovered earlier in the week. Officers were dispatched to Cedar Street Wednesday, where they found a dog so malnourished that its skeletal system was clearly seen due to lack of muscle coverage under the skin. A male dog was found in a back yard on Cedar Street, partially tangled and so severely malnourished its bones were showing. The house appeared abandoned with household furniture and trash on the side of the street.

A woman who formerly lived at 106 Cedar Street was located. 33-year-old Juana Mateo Lorenzo was charged with Ill Treatment of Animals, accused of abandoning a dog, causing it to become extremely malnourished. Ms. Lorenzo was later released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Friday, Laurens Police arrested 38-year-old Marcus Juan DeLeon of 505 Clemson Street, Laurens and charged him with Ill Treatment of Animals. He’s also accused of abandoning the dog at the Cedar Street residence, allowing it to become extremely malnourished. A $1,000 bond was set on his Ill Treatment charge.

Marcus Juan DeLeon was also served with charges of Traffic Hit-and-Run (Leaving the Scene of an Accident) and 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Driving under Suspension.

Laurens Police Detective Cheek states that on June 1st Deleon, who has three or more prior convictions for Driving under Suspension, was driving a 2009 Dodge Caravan on East Main when he struck a 2014 Honda Accord, causing damage to both vehicles, and that he did not wait for law enforcement to arrive on the scene.

Marcus Juan DeLeon was released this weekend on posting bonds totaling $11,000 on his three charges.