More than 85 dogs in deplorable conditions seized by the authorities; SC loaded torque
Authorities seized more than 85 dogs after animal checks in Laurens, South Carolina, responded to a report of several dogs in poor condition on Tuesday, November 2.
Allen Earl Bridwell, Jr. and Kimberly Hockenberry Bridwell, both of Laurens, have been charged with several counts of Animal Mistreatment in General, Animal Mistreatment and Torture in General, Overwork.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on November 2, Laurens County animal control officers arrived at a house on Millrock Church Road. MPs said that even before entering the house, the residence smelled terrible and several dogs could be heard barking.
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Once inside the house, officials said the house was filled with animal droppings and urine covering the floor everywhere. They said the ground was also unstable in many areas and insect droppings covered most surfaces.
Staff were required to wear full protective suits and breathing masks to enter the house.
Authorities counted more than 48 dogs in the living room, many of whom were hiding inside the furniture, walls and cupboards. No food was available to these dogs and the only water available to them was not clean.
More than 15 dogs have been found in other areas of the house without access to food or clean water, officials said. Additionally, they said some dogs suffered from skin irritation and vision problems. They found two puppies that were dead and other puppies were found in poor condition with matted eyes closed.
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“The men and women who fight animal cruelty are dedicated professionals. The despicable conditions they endure to save these poor animals from such filth are beyond comprehension or explanation,” the Sheriff said. Laurens County, Don Reynolds. “They are warriors for these helpless animals, and I have a humble admiration for them. Without Anderson PAWS and the Charleston Animal Society, we could not have helped these animals at the level necessary to get them out of such terrible conditions. “
Laurens County Building and Codes ruled the structure doomed.
While still working at the scene, officials discovered that the owners of the Millrock property owned another home at View Point Court in Laurens. When Laurens Animal Control staff arrived at the second address, they found 20 other dogs in that house, also surrounded by feces.
Anderson County PAWS and Charleston Animal Society were on site and helped retrieve the dogs and provide them with medical evaluations.
The more than 85 dogs that were seized on November 2 have been transported to Anderson County where they will be assessed and receive necessary medical attention.
More than 85 dogs have been seized and transported to Anderson County where they will be assessed and receive necessary medical attention.