A representative for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office reported as many as 100 dogs, cats and rabbits were seized from a home on Selah Street in North Charleston shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday. Deputies had originally been called to the home to investigate suspected animal neglect. The homeowner told deputies she got in over her head while trying to help the animals. A news release issued by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office stated
“The living conditions for the animals were deplorable and posed a health risk to the community. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Charleston Animal Society responded to the scene and seized all animals that were located on the property.”
ABC4News reported December 27 the temporary moratorium applies to all animals brought in by the general public, as well as law enforcement and animal control officers. Exceptions will be made only for dogs deemed vicious by animal control officers, injured animals or emergencies as approved by the Animal Society.
Spokesman Major Eric Watson with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said no charges had been filed as of Sunday night. No action is expected by law enforcement until each seized animal has undergone a proper evaluation. Information will be posted to Charleston Animal Society on their Facebook page once information becomes available as to how the public can help.