Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Georgetown police are investigating a second threatening letter received at the Pyatt Street home where Bobby Joe McConnell — accused of recent dog killings — once lived.
McConnell has been in jail since July 18, the day he was charged with ill treatment and torture of animals. Investigators say McConnell killed two dogs and attempted to kill another.
He is accused of trying to kill a black Lab by taping her mouth and legs and tossing her into the canal on July 2. Fortunately, people fishing in the canal heard her in the water and called for help.
The Lab was rescued and is being housed at the Saint Frances Animal Center where she has been named Dara.
On July 5, two other dogs were found dead in the canal. They had been taped in the same manner.
The letter, received Aug. 6, was sent to the home of McConnell’s ex-wife, Monica McConnell. Although he had stayed at that location from time to time, Ms. McConnell said he was not living there when he was arrested.
According to the incident report, the return address on the unsigned letter indicates it came from BARC, an animal shelter in Houston, Texas.
“We are watching you. We are waiting,” the letter reportedly states. “And just when you think we have forgotten, we will come into your house. We will take you. We will do to you what you did to those dogs. And as the last breath leaves your useless body, we will dance with joy.”
It was the second such letter sent to Ms. . McConnell’s home since the arrest.
On July 20, a letter was received that stated the writer was “planning to do bodily harm to Bobby Joe McConnell Sr. for what he did to the animals.”
After the first letter was received, Ms. McConnell told the Georgetown Times Bobby was living with a relative in North Santee when the arrest was made. This was confirmed by the Sheriff’s Office.
Monica McConnell said Bobby McConnell was out of work and would stay with her and their kids from time to time but he bounces around from place to place.
She said he last lived on Pyatt Street for a short period about a week before he was arrested. He went to North Santee about a week before the arrest was made, she said.
McConnell is in jail under a $15,000 bond. So far, he has not met with an attorney, according to Detention Center Director Michael Schwartz.
By Scott Harper