Crime & Courts

Greenville Cop Accused of Animal Abuse Resigns

Officer turns in her badge …

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A Greenville, South Carolina police officer who is staring down animal abuse charges resigned her law enforcement position effective May 17, 2024. Amanda K. Ross stepped down shortly after she was charged in connection with a Greer, S.C. police investigation into the death of an emaciated pit bull mix named Marley.

Our media outlet was first alerted to this sad situation on April 13, 2024 via an email sent through our tip line. According to the email, Marley was photographed in “distressing conditions, surrounded by what appears to be its own urine and feces.”

Police reports we obtained indicated the harrowing photo of the caged canine was taken by a minor child who told officers the dog “appeared to not be fed.”

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A photograph of Marley taken at the home of former Greenville police officer Amanda K. Ross and her husband, Donald Ross, shortly before the dog was “humanely” euthanized. (Provided)

When Greer police first visited the home in response to the situation, they did not observe Marley. When they returned the following day, they were told the dog had been put down “humanely” by a former member of law enforcement – Bobby Bosko. Of interest? Bosko previously lost his job with the Greenville police department after being arrested for domestic violence.

The charges of animal abuse against Amanda Ross and her husband, Donald Ross – a former member of law enforcement – were filed by the Greer Police Department in April. The pair are due to appear in magistrate court on May 22, 2024.

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Greenville police did not provide details regarding Amanda Ross’ separation, but confirmed she resigned and is no longer employed by the department. Ross had been employed by GPD since 2018.

Attorney Ryan James – who represents Amanda Ross – previously stated that the complaint against his client was made by an overzealous ex (the former wife of Donald Ross) who is also the mother of the child who took the photo of Marley James claimed Amanda Ross has been stalked and harassed multiple times by the same person.

“To start, Greenville PD is among the finest Law Enforcement Agencies in the State,” James said. “There is an all around admiration for how they go about protecting and serving.  Unfortunately, the influence of social media, once again, rules the day.  An otherwise unsubstantiated and unfounded accusation, highlighted on a public platform, results in mounting pressure, with the Department losing one of its best, by way of resignation.  Officer Ross made both an occupational and mental health decision, and the same should be respected.  By her own admission, moving on from this matter serves her best interest and personal peace.  It is her desire to leave the Department voluntarily, and begin carving out the next chapter of her life.”

Count on our media outlet to keep our audience in the loop regarding the disposition of the charges filed against both Amanda and Donald Ross.

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Callie Lyons (provided)

Callie Lyons is a journalist, researcher and author. Her 2007 book ‘Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal’ was the first to cover forever chemicals and their impact on communities – a story later told in the movie ‘Dark Waters’. Her investigative work has been featured in media outlets, publications, and documentaries all over the world. Lyons also appears in ‘Citizen Sleuth’ – a 2023 documentary exploring the genre of true crime.

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3 comments

Rebecca Shields Top fan May 18, 2024 at 10:50 am

She should have been fired

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Observer (the real one) May 18, 2024 at 6:23 pm

…AND charged!

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Kristi Noem May 20, 2024 at 9:05 am

He should write a book.

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