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DNR Files Charges in SC Bear Baying Case

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A South Carolina man is facing felony charges for allowing his dogs to repeatedly attack a captive bear. A South Carolina man is facing felony charges for allowing his dogs to repeatedly attack a captive bear.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

A South Carolina man is facing felony charges for allowing his dogs to repeatedly attack a captive bear.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the arrest follows a 2010 undercover investigation that revealed cruelty occurring at "bear baying" competitions in the Palmetto State.

"Pitting packs of dogs against captive bears is a gruesome vestige of ancient animal cruelty as a spectator sport - not unlike the staged fights in the Roman Colosseum. It was banned in most of the world long ago, and has no place here in South Carolina. Our state officials are doing the right thing to crack down on this cruelty and to save these bears from further abuse," said Kim Kelly, South Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

As part of a plea deal, the owner surrendered three bears. They will be transported to a permanent animal sanctuary. The HSUS has also offered to assist DNR officers with the removal and that transport.

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