CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Tuesday seized 57 dogs from a Hollywood home.
According to CCSO, deputies received a tip about the dogs, which were being kept at a home that was “set up as a dog rescue operation.” The dogs were being kept both outside and inside the home, and the condition of the animals is being assessed.
Officials with the Charleston Animal Society say this is one of the largest dog operations they have seen in a while.
“This operation is the largest operation that I can recall in a number of years, a number of years,” says Joe Elmore, the President, and CEO of Charleston Animal Society.
Elmore says one of their biggest concerns is making sure the dogs are in good health.
“They need adequate nourishment and shelter, those types of things are not being adhered to the base of the number of animals in a small area,” he says.
Throughout the day CCSO officials rounded up dogs of various breeds and sizes and almost 50 of them are now at the Charleston Animal Society.
“Our immediate concern is to house already being overcapacity. We now have to house 48 of these dogs,” says Elmore.
Over the next few days, veterinarians will examine the dogs and make sure they are adequately cared for.
“Our veterinarians on-site now will do a basic assessment, a quick assessment to isolate the animals that might be carrying a disease,” says Elmore.
Elmore says this would be a big task at any time, but especially now as the shelter is overcapacity.
“Please make room for one more because these dogs are not going to be available for some time,” he says.
Deputies were alerted to the dogs after the owner of the home was hospitalized and could no longer care for the dogs.
Various organizations are working to rehome the animals, including the Charleston Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Charleston Animal Society, Holly Hill Animal Sanctuary, and Pet Helpers.
No criminal charges have been filed, but CCSO is investigating. CCSO currently has custody of the dogs as officials determine the next steps.
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