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Fate of dogs seized from SC rescue still undecided after Monday court hearing

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More than 100 dogs and cats seized at an upstate South Carolina rescue will remain in the shelter for now, Fox Carolina News reported April 21.

This Examiner article was written over the weekend inviting the public to attend.

A meeting was held in Anderson this morning concerning the fate of dogs and cats seized back in February from Golden S. Rescue in Easley. Anderson County P.A.W.S., as well as animal advocates, went before a judge where they asked custody of the animals be turned over to the Anderson shelter.

Caring for more than 100 seized animals, as well as the animals brought in as strays and owner surrenders has created a burden on PAWS.

This situation has come about because Golden S. Rescue owner Deborah Sheridan says she has been unjustly cited for animal cruelty, and has asked for a jury trial.

Sheridan explained the poor medical condition of the animals saying the dogs and cats were in bad shape when she rescued them from the shelter.

Sheridan says many of these animals would have been euthanized, had she not stepped up and taken them into her rescue. She's also upset that four animals have died while in the care of Anderson County PAWS.

Jessica Cwynar, Director of Anderson County P.A.W.S., says caring for the animals has forced the shelter to remain closed on Saturdays so volunteers can care for all of the animals at the facility. Jessica is asking anyone who can to volunteer to help care for the animals.

Donations of puppy and kitten food, as well as other supplies, are needed to help feed and care for the overburdened shelter.

Both parties, as well as several witnesses, testified before the judge Monday morning. The Anderson County judge said he would not make a ruling until he has the opportunity to read both sides of the evidence presented. It's not clear at this time how long that will take.

Meanwhile, the more than 100 dogs and cats will remain in the care of Anderson County P.A.W.S. A video of Sheridan, which can't be embedded, can be viewed by clicking here.

How do the readers feel this case should be handled? Should the judge place the dogs into shelter custody, or would doing so be in violation of Sheridan's civil rights? Please leave a comment below.

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