Easley – Animal Control officers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office seized 119 animals from the Golden-S Rescue in Easley during a follow-up investigation last Wednesday.
According to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Sheila Cole, Animal Control officers received a call concerning the possible mistreatment of animals at the rescue on Feb. 4. Officers investigated and observed several dogs in kennels which had unsanitary, unhealthy conditions. Investigators were given permission to search the property by the rescue’s owner, Debra Sheridan. About 40-60 dogs were discovered to be extremely emaciated.
Sheridan was arrested and charged with two counts of Ill Treatment of Animals. Eleven (11) dogs, which were determined to be in immediate danger of death or continued maltreatment, were seized.
On Feb. 19, Animal Control officers conducted a follow up, well-being check, of the rescue facility. The follow up indicated that conditions had not improved. A search warrant was obtained, which resulted in all 119 remaining animals being seized. In order to receive proper medical treatment, the animals were transported to Anderson County P.A.W.S.
Sheridan was cited for one count of Ill Treatment of Animals and one count of Improper Burial; her court date is set for March 31st.
The case remains under investigation.