Hilton Head Humane Association in need of donations for cruelty case seizure

May 20, 2016

The Hilton Head Humane Association is in need of donations after more than 70 dogs and cats were seized in Colleton County on May 16.Fox Carolina News reported the story May 18.

Hilton Head Humane Association representative Nancy Foard tells local media that 67 (now changed to 68) dog and six cats were rescued from a home in Colleton County. The animals seized are in poor condition, with most being emaciated. Others had fleas, as well as other injuries.

Director Franny Gerthoffer says the owner is facing charges, including animal cruelty. The owner’s name hasn’t been released but has hired an attorney in an effort to get the animals back. Animal cruelty charges can carry a fine as much as $10,000. The Hilton Head Humane Association became involved when contacted by Colleton County officials to come to the home and rescue the dogs and cats. They posted their needs May 18 on Facebook

“We want to thank everyone for all of their support for the 68 dogs in need! We are still asking for some items to helps these dogs. We are asking for Paper Towels, Bleach Wipes, Bleach, and ANY type of Small Bites Dog Food. There are numerous locations around the town where you can drop off your donations. Thank you!”

No information is available on when the dogs and cats will be available for adoption. In a court case where the owner is attempting to have the seized animals returned, it could be months before the case goes to trial. Until a judge, and sometimes a jury, makes a decision, the Hilton Head Humane Association will retain possession of the animals and will be in charge of their care.

A recent South Carolina case involving Golden S Rescue cost Anderson County PAWS more than $200,000 to care for animals seized in 2014. To make a monetary donation to Hilton Head Humane Association click here.

The Hilton Head Humane Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded entirely by private donations. For updates on the dogs and cats please refer to Facebook: Hilton Head Humane Association.

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