Colleton County woman charged after 68 dogs and 5 cats removed from home

June 4, 2016

A Colleton County, South Carolina woman is in trouble with the law after deputies discovered 68 dogs and five cats living in deplorable conditions in her Lowcountry home, Live5 News reported June 3.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lynne Lucille Vanhouse, 69, of Augusta Highway in Round O stemming from an incident on May 16 when deputies responded to her home. Inside they found the cats and dogs, including numerous deceased animal carcasses on the ground and in holding pens, officials reported. The remaining live animals were taken into protective custody.

Employees at Hilton Head Humane’s Spay/Neuter Alliance & Clinic and Beaufort County Animal Services were called in to assess and treat the ailing dogs after they were rescued May 16, Island Packet.com reported.

Vanhouse was charged with ten counts of ill treatment of animals and taken to Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. She was given a $50,000 bond.

Is this a hoarding situation? Vanhouse likely thought she was helping the dogs and cats in her care, but a situation with this many animals can quickly leading to a dangerous and deadly situation for both pets and their owner.

According to South Carolina Code 47-1-40 ill treatment of animals, A person who tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal or by omission or commission causes these acts must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars upon conviction.

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