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Second person wanted in dog-hanging case

Charleston police say Sydney Delaney, 21, is wanted for accessory after the fact in relation to a dog that was found hanging from a tree last week on Charleston's West Side. (Charleston Police Department)

Charleston police are searching for a second person after a man who was wanted for animal cruelty turned himself in Wednesday evening.

Sydney Delaney, 21, is wanted for accessory after the fact in relation to a dog that was found hanging from a tree last week no Charleston West Side, Charleston police said.

Charleston police said Delaney drives a two-door Honda Accord with temporary West Virginia tags.

Delaney's boyfriend, John Davante “Tay” Copening Jr., 23, turned himself in to Charleston police Wednesday afternoon, police.said. He will be arraigned Wednesday night on an animal cruelty charge.

An arrest warrant was issued for Copening on April 5 after a dead dog was found hanging in a tree Tuesday on Madison Street.

Police said about 8 p.m. Tuesday a Charleston Police Department humane officer was called to the 1100 block of Madison Street for a report of witnesses hearing a dog squealing like it was being beaten near the railroad tracks.

Witnesses said when they went to see what was making the noise, they found a female pit bull hanging from a tree.

During the investigation, police found a surveillance video that showed a person of interest walking the dog in the area at about 7:30 p.m. The same video shows the person walking back through the area about 10 minutes later without the dog.

Anyone with information on Delaney's location is asked to call the Charleston Police Department.



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