COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina authorities mentioned they’ve arrested the CEO of an area animal rescue non-profit after they discovered a number of canines and cats useless inside her house.
Richland County deputies mentioned 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 mentioned on Could 22, they responded to a welfare verify at her house in Columbia after a caller said there was a “scent of loss of life” emitting from her residence.
As soon as deputies arrived, they discovered 28 canines and two cats decomposing and situated in cages and crates. They consider the animals have been deceased for a major period of time and died attributable to dehydration and hunger.
“They had 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 mentioned in an announcement to FOX Tv Stations.
Deputies eliminated the animals.
“It’s appalling and it’s heartbreaking,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott mentioned in an announcement. “That is somebody who was entrusted by the neighborhood to take care of these animals and discover them properties. She betrayed that belief and she or he betrayed the belief of those harmless animals who relied on her.”
Lott referred to 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 mentioned 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 Heart.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.