In the worst case of animal cruelty Dan Moon of South Carolina's Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has ever seen, authorities rescued 45 severely emaciated dogs on Sunday from a Howe Hall Road property in Goose Creek. Authorities also found the remains of 200 dead dogs.
Loney L. Garrett has been charged with the ill-treatment of animals, and more charges are likely to follow. Authorities do not believe this was the scene of dog fighting or of a puppy mill.
On Monday, authorities were marking the areas with pink flags where the bodies of dogs in various stages of decomposition were found. The ABC News 4.com states that deputies have discovered some of the dogs died from bullet shot wounds. Garrett obviously had not bothered to even bury the dogs.
Authorities were called out to the property after neighbors reported foul odors coming from the area.
Relatives of Garrett claim the man loved his dogs. Most of the dogs were hounds, and allegedly Garrett was an avid hunter.
Deputy Moon stated the live dogs were barely hanging onto life and were nothing more than skin and bones.
Garrett is expected to be in court on Tuesday.
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