Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Domestic dispute report leads to untold number of rescued animals

By David MacDougall

If you have any extra chicken feed, the Charleston Animal Society could use a bag or two.

About 30 chickens were among the dozens of pets and farm animals seized Tuesday from a rural house in Huger by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The animals were taken to the society's shelter on Remount Road, where staff members who already had put in full days stayed on to help take in the rescued animals.

Shelter spokeswoman Kay Hyman said about 15 dogs, one cat, a billy goat, a pig, geese, a horse and all those chickens had been brought in by 10 p.m. The total number of animals was unclear because authorities were still trying to round them all up.

Sheriff's Maj. John Clark said the animals were seized from a house on Halfway Creek Road in a portion of Huger that is in Charleston County. He said the seizure was a result of an investigation that began last week when deputies were called to the property for a domestic dispute. He said the man from whom the animals were seized is 80 years old and unable to care for the animals.

No charges had been filed in the case as of Tuesday, Clark said..." More

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