GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies have rescued dozens of dogs from a home in Goose Creek where they also found the remains of more than 200 dogs.
Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon said 45 dogs in very poor condition were taken from the home on Sunday. Then, on Monday, the bones of the additional dead dogs were found.
“We’ve got boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of bones,” Moon said.
The owner of the home, Loney L. Garrett, whose age was not immediately available, has been charged with ill treatment of animals. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Moon said that neighbors had complained about a smell from the house for a while.
But he said no one realized what was happening until officers arrived with a search warrant and walked through the backyard of the home Monday and found the dead dogs in various states of decomposition. None of the remains had been buried.
“It’s a terrible sight,” said Moon. “When you look at the carcasses of the animals and the bones everywhere… It’s horrific.”
Moon said while some of the dead animals died from neglect, others had been shot.
He says it’s not clear where all the dogs came from.
Volunteers with Animal Rescue & Relief of the Carolinas are trying to save the 45 dogs that were taken from the property last weekend.
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