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President of Bluffton Dog Park Group Attacked at Home

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The Bluffton man arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the non-profit organization he ran was apparently attacked on his front porch Thursday afternoon.

Bluffton Police received a call just after 2:00 p.m. from William Grooms, 42, stating that he had been stabbed at his home on Ninth Avenue.

Grooms told police and emergency responders that his attacker was a white male but could not provide any further description.

Police canvassed the area and interviewed neighbors but found no leads.

Grooms was taken to the hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

On Tuesday Grooms was arrested and charged with Breach of Trust for allegedly stealing at least $10,000 from Friends of Bluffton Dog Park.

Angela McCall-Tanner with the Bluffton Police Department says Grooms was the non-profit organization's president and stole thousands of dollars in donations starting in June of last year.

McCall-Tanner told WSAV the theft was discovered when another board member looked at the bank account and noticed there was not much money left.

According to the organization's website it had received 34 pledges totaling $10,010 as of May 20th.

WSAV spoke with Grooms back in May 2011 about his effort to bring a dog park to Bluffton.

At that time he said he had been working for six years on a dog park.

He told our Holly Bounds the park would be a good place for people and dogs to socialize.

Holly reached out to Mr. Grooms for comment but the man who answered the phone hung-up on her.

There was also no response to text messages.

Grooms faces up to ten years in prison and/or a fine, officials said.

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