July 29, 2015
An upstate South Carolina woman is facing animal cruelty charges after officials with Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement responded to a home to investigate animals being abandoned, Fox Wilmington News reported July 28.
Nelson reported Hudson’s side of the duplex where the cats were found has been condemned after it was determined unfit for human habitation. The cats were taken to Greenville County Animal Care Services on Furman hall Road.
According to South Carolina Consolidated Cruelty Statutes § 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally found here, Section A states a person who knowingly or intentionally ill-treats an animal , deprives that animal of food and shelter, inflicts unnecessary pain or suffering is guilty of a misdemeanor and if convicted can face jail time of no more than 90 days or a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000 or both for first time offenders. A person convicted of a second offense or more may be imprisoned for no more than two years or fined up to $2,000 or both.
Section B of the South Carolina Consolidated Cruelty Statutes says if an animal was tortured or if excessive or repeated unnecessary pair or suffering is caused then felony charges can be made. If convicted of a felony a sentence of not less than 180 days nor more than five years in jail may be handed out, along with a fine of $5,000.
No information is available at this time asking the rescue community for help. Facebook: Greenville County Animal Care will post updates to their page should assistance be needed.