COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County deputies say they've seized 11 dogs and one horse from a home that officers say were neglected.
Responding to a July 9 call about a dead animal on the side of the road, investigators with the Richland County Sheriff's Department found a number of dogs at a home in the 2400 block of Heyward Brockington Road in obvious distress.
On July 10, officers from the Richland County Sheriff's Department and workers from Richland County Animal Care returned to the property with a warrant and seized 11 dogs -- including four Great Pyrenees -- and a horse in various stages of neglect.
Some of the dogs were in need of immediate veterinary care.
Pawmetto Lifeline is working with investigators and animal care workers to find foster homes for the animals.
No arrests have been made in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.
The owner of the home has been issued a notice to appear in court. The court will determine whether the dogs will be permanently seized from the owner.
Sheriff Lott would like to stress the importance of appropriate shelter and care for dogs, especially during these hot summer days. To those with outside pets, ensure that they have the appropriate shelter, food and water.