Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Elizabeth Owen, Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary - South Carolina

Woman gets public service in cat case

An Horry County woman has pleaded no contest to charges of improper care and treatment of animals more than a year after authorities removed more than 200 animals from her nonprofit animal sanctuary.

Elizabeth Owen was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days of public service.

Owen was charged in 2010 with after Horry County police went to Owen’s Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary to follow up on a complaint from animal rights activists. Months later, authorities seized more than 200 animals.

More than 100 cats were suffering from a variety of health ailments and had to be euthanized. Others were treated and put up for adoption..."  More

Oct 2010:  Police watch Myrtle Beach area animal shelter after abuse accusation

By Janelle Frost

Police are conducting weekly checks at a local animal rescue mission as its founder prepares to go to court next month on a charge of improper care and treatment of animals.

Elizabeth Owen, founder of the nonprofit Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary on Forestbrook Road, was given a ticket in September after officers went to the rescue mission to follow up on complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the care of animals there, according to an Horry County police report.

The officers, who visited the animal sanctuary on Sept. 1, said they found a strong ammonia odor emanating from the kennel area and doorway, litter pans full of feces, an emaciated cat, several cats with eye problems, very poor lighting, a cat with hair loss and a broken air conditioner. Fans were circulating the air around the room..." More

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