According to a January 14 report by Fox Carolina News, an upstate South Carolina solicitor has agreed to defer prosecuting an Easley woman charged with ill treatment toward animals.
Deborah Sheridan, the owner of Golden S Rescue on Hamlin Road in Easley, spoke exclusively to Fox Carolina after making a deal with Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.
In an interview with Fox, Sheridan said the seizure of her dogs never should have happened, and she was pressured into accepting the plea deal. It was either sign the dogs over to Anderson County P.A.W.S., who has cared for the dogs, pay a $200,000 bill for their care, or have a levy made against her home, where her elderly parents also reside.
Last February Sheridan was arrested and charged with ill treatment towards animals, citing the dogs lacked proper care and feeding. Forty to 60 of the dogs seized were found to be extremely emaciated.
Sheridan agreed to give up the 119 dogs, and Adams said her office won’t prosecute if Sheridan meets conditions outlined in the plea agreement.
“All parties are very pleased with the resolution of this case as it not only allows these animals to be adopted into loving homes but also allows law enforcement to make sure that this situation does not occur again,.”