COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina authorities stated they’ve arrested the CEO of a neighborhood animal rescue non-profit after they discovered a number of canines and cats useless inside her residence.
Richland County deputies stated Caroline Daybreak Pennington, 47, was arrested after she turned herself on this month. She’s charged with thirty counts of ill-treatment of animals.
Investigators stated on Might 22, they responded to a welfare verify at her residence in Columbia after a caller acknowledged there was a “odor of dying” emitting from her residence.
As soon as deputies arrived, they discovered 28 canines and two cats decomposing and positioned in cages and crates. They consider the animals have been deceased for a major period of time and died on account of dehydration and hunger.
“They have been mendacity in their very own waste and it’s believed that they died within the cages and had not been moved previous to being found,” authorities stated in a press release to FOX Tv Stations.
Deputies eliminated the animals.
“It’s appalling and it’s heartbreaking,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated in a press release. “That is somebody who was entrusted by the group to look after these animals and discover them properties. She betrayed that belief and he or she betrayed the belief of those harmless animals who relied on her.”
Lott known as this one of many worst circumstances of animal cruelty he’s ever seen.
Pennington is the CEO and Director of a non-profit animal rescue named GROWL. Authorities stated she was additionally employed by the Kershaw County Humane Society.
GROWL is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit group. Investigators ask that anybody who has made documented donations to GROWL within the final 12 months contact the sheriff’s workplace.
Pennington was booked on the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Middle.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.