Mother and Son arrested for killing neighbor’s dog

Connie Henderson
Russell Hamby

A mother and son were arrested Tuesday after beating and shooting a dog in their neighbor’s backyard in Pelzer. According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Russell Hamby’s dog ran over to the neighbor’s yard on Ina Marie Lane and began attacking a dog tethered up inside the yard. As the dogs were fighting, Hamby went onto his neighbor’s property and began beating their dog with a log from the yard.
A short time later, Hamby’s mother, Connie Henderson, joined using a pellet rifle to shoot the tethered dog several times before it died from the mother and son’s actions.
The incident occurred mid-April. The Anderson County Animal Control Unit continued to investigate and interview, issuing warrants in May.
Russell Nathaniel Hamby, 23, and Connie Henderson, 50, are both charged with Felony Ill-treatment of Animals/Torture. They have since bonded out of the Detention Center.