A Saluda, South Carolina woman was charged was charged with cruelty to animals, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana following the investigation of a dog theft report, Fox Carolina News reported December 4. Now the Humane Society of Greenwood is in need of immediate foster homes for dogs already at the shelter after taking in 17 dogs seized from the home.
According to a December 4 report by Greenwood Index-Journal, nine adult dogs and eight puppies were seized from the home by deputies and taken to the Humane Society of Greenwood. The puppies appear to be a bulldog breed around six weeks old. They were covered in sores and raw spots on their skin, along with feces. Karen Pettay, Executive Director of Humane Society of Greenwood stated in an interview with Greenwood Index Journal
“This is the first time we’ve dealt with something of this magnitude.”
The adult dogs were all malnourished, with one chained with a 30-pound chain that weighed more than the dog. The back bone, hips and ribs of one dog were visible and old animal carcasses were scattered around the leashed dogs. Deputies believe the dogs still alive had been eating raw or spoiled meat to stay alive.
An investigation will continue on Balasky to learn whether the dogs were used for fighting. All indications show they may have been fought. Receiving secretary for Humane Society of Greenwood, Amanda Chandler, described the horrific condition the dogs currently in their care were in upon arrival.
“He was on a chain that weighed more than him.They all devoured any amount of food we put out for them.One of them, she had a cut on her side that was being treated for an infection. All of the dogs were dehydrated and underweight.”
Humane Society of Greenwood put out a plea Friday on Facebook asking that anyone interested in providing a temporary foster home for an animal currently at the shelter to make room for the seized dogs can email email@example.com. The Humane Society is also looking for people to adopt animals, as this will prevent dogs already at the shelter from being euthanized for space.
You can visit the shelter at 235 Wilbanks Circle or call the adoption center at 864-942-8775. Follow Greenville Dog Examiner on Facebook.