More than 80 animals were found dead inside a home and around the property located on Lovejoy Lane in Laurens, resulting in the arrest of three women. Laurens County Sheriff’s Officer’s arrested Rebecca Keith and her daughters Amanda and Sara Keith and charged the three with animal cruelty.
There were also dead animals in garbage bags, and in pots and bowls in the yard. Not only were dogs and cats found, but also birds and even a small deer. It was a nightmare.
Several dogs were also seized by police after they were found running around on the property. Two malnourished horses were found in poor condition and taken to a local rescue farm.
The Keith’s are disputing the number of animals found dead, saying there were only 20 animals. Some had been dead since last October. The family told reporters their veterinarian had told them it was permitted to keep deceased animals in a freezer until burial. Power had been cut off to the house for some time now, which only added to the horrible conditions inside the home.
This isn’t the first time the Keith family has faced animal cruelty allegations. In December 2006, Amanda Keith lost her home in Traveler’s Rest to a fire. Several dogs were seized after the fire and sent to rescue shelters, and the Keith women were charged with animal cruelty in that incident.
The three women were held at the Johnson Detention Center and were released on $5,000 bond. They were allowed to collect their possessions from the house. English is now responsible for cleaning up the property.
When asked why the animals were kept instead of being properly buried, one of the women told WSPA “we didn’t want to leave them behind. We’ve already had to leave so many behind.”