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A Greenville County man has now been charged with five counts of animal cruelty after more than 140 animals, mostly dogs, were seized from his Fountain Inn home.
The story was just breaking when this article went online. Dale Ferguson, the owner of the Dunklin Bridge Road home in Fountain Inn where dozens of dogs were seized late Thursday afternoon, was cited on nine counts. Five of those counts were for animal cruelty. He has now signed away his rights to the animals, surrendering them to the county.
Along with 142 dogs, there was also one cat, six quails, three chickens and one rabbit seized from the home. An official noticed has been placed on the residence stating that no one is being allowed back into the home because of the deplorable conditions.
Greenville County Animal Control officers say the animals were found skinny and with no shelter or water, in “filthy living condition.” Some of the dogs were found mangy. Many have eye infections, while unfortunately others were found dead. Cages and trash covered the back yard of the home, which is common in a suspected hoarding/puppy mill situation.
The dogs and one cat found were taken in trailers moved into Greenville County Animal Care Services by late Thursday night. The staff at GCACS is now faced with the difficult task of getting the animals healthy and ready for adoption.
Susan Bufano, spokeswoman for Greenville County Animal Care Services has issued a plea to the public for help. In a press release statement given to FOXCarolina, Bufano said
“You can imagine what happens when you all of a sudden have a couple hours’ notice to take in this many animals. The staff has to go into overdrive and we have to really ask for donations, of people’s time, of their interest in adopting or fostering, not just these animals, but just to create more space for us in the shelter.”
Donations of food can be dropped off at the shelter. Many times monetary donations can be taken over the phone. If you can help in any way, here’s the Greenville County Animal Care Services info:
328 Furman Hall Rd.
Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 467-3950 Phone
(864) 467-3294 Fax
Right now the main concern is finding a place for the dogs already being housed at the shelter. Rescuers, fosters and adopters are needed to take these dogs so the ones brought in from the hoarding situation can be cared for.
Ferguson has been cooperative and believed he was taking good care of the animals. He now has a court date set for June 26, when he will go before a judge on charges of animal cruelty.