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 canine and cats lifeless inside her house.
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 test at her house in Columbia after a caller acknowledged there was a “scent of demise” emitting from her residence.
As soon as deputies arrived, they discovered 28 canine and two cats decomposing and situated in cages and crates. They consider the animals have been deceased for a big period of time and died as a result of 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 stated in an announcement to FOX Tv Stations.
Deputies eliminated the animals.
“It’s appalling and it’s heartbreaking,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated in an announcement. “That is somebody who was entrusted by the neighborhood 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 referred to as this one of many worst instances 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 Heart.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.