30 dead dogs, cats found in home of South Carolina animal rescue CEO

The CEO of a South Carolina animal rescue nonprofit was arrested when police discovered dozens of useless animals inside her dwelling whereas investigating a grievance in regards to the “scent of demise.”

Caroline Daybreak Pennington, the 47-year-old CEO and director of GROWL, was arrested Friday and charged with 30 counts of ill-treatment of animals after officers found the our bodies of 28 canine and two cats decomposing in cages inside her dwelling.

Richland County investigators uncovered the revolting scene whereas performing a wellness examine at her home on Could 22 after a neighbor reported a “scent of demise” wafting from the Columbia residence.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated the invention was one of many worst instances of animal cruelty he’s ever seen.

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The animals had been left inside their cage between seven and 9 months.
Richland County Sheriff’s Division

“It’s appalling and it’s heartbreaking,” Lott stated in an announcement. “That is somebody who was entrusted by the neighborhood to take care of these animals and discover them houses. She betrayed that belief and he or she betrayed the belief of those harmless animals who relied on her.”

The animals doubtless died from hunger and dehydration and are believed to have been useless for a big period of time primarily based on the excessive quantity of decomposition, the Richland County Sherriff’s Division stated.

A spokesperson for the division stated investigators suppose the canine and cats had been uncared for and alone within the dwelling for as much as 9 months and died inside their cages.

They had been discovered laying in their very own waste, police stated.

Pennington is a well known determine within the animal rescue neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina.

Along with being the director of the animal rescue GROWL, she was additionally employed by the Kershaw County Humane Society on the time of the incident.

The group indicated that she is not an worker in an announcement.

“We had been unaware of the previous worker’s actions and are really shocked and heartbroken,” Kershaw County Humane Society stated in an announcement. “Our devoted workers will proceed with our mission to serve the misplaced and homeless pets of Kershaw County.”

Police are additionally investigating Pennington for attainable fraud as GROWL is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit group. The Richland County Sheriff’s Division is asking anybody who donated to GROWL within the final yr to contact them.

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