There’s a new development in the case of an Easley woman accused of abusing her animals. According to a March 26 report by Fox Carolina News, Deborah Sheridan has turned the tables by saying Anderson County Animal Control officers abused one of her dogs by dragging it by a catch pole.
“They brought multiple cars, multiple officers and a wellness check, but it doesn’t require all that. My dogs will never be treated that way, they may have been before they got here, you know that’s why they’re here. From each angle and throughout the yard, there’s obvious abuse somewhere – every time I turn one on, there’s just something else and it just breaks my heart.”
The owner of Golden S Rescue, Sheridan is no stranger to police. She’s been arrested multiple times now on animal abuse charges. Examiner articles covering her case are listed under suggested reading following this article.
The March 18 video taken from her home security system camera shows an animal control officer dragging one of the dogs.
Sheridan said video taken from her home camera system showed animal control officers abusing dogs. Major Garry Bryant with the Judicial Services Division of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Officer, who supervises the animal control officer is defending use of the catch pole
“The use of the catch pole is a humane way to get these animals on the truck without risking injury to the animal control officers. One of the videos you showed me, they were trying to get a dog from underneath a building – short of crawling underneath a building, there would be now way they would recover that animal.”
Several of the officers are also seen in the video playing with the dogs. A portion of the video can be seen by clicking here.
Sheridan is facing 110 charges, including possession of a controlled substance, ill treatment of animals and failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination.
When deputies came to the home, they had no history on the temperament of the dogs, nor whether or not they’d been vaccinated. Rabies is always a risk, and the catch pole cuts down on that risk.
Now Sheridan is claiming she’s done nothing wrong, and that police are harassing her. She says she cares for the animals because she loves animals.
If convicted Sheridan faces up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail for each charge. For a “review” of Golden S Rescue, click here.
Did the animal control officer in this video abuse this dog, or was he containing this dog in the way safest to both himself and the dog? Your comments are welcome.