A Berkeley County man was arrested today after the remains of some 200 dead dogs were found behind his house.

Loney Garrett, whose age was not available, of Garretts Court was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.

He is being held at the Berkeley County jail.

Garretts Court is a lane off Howe Hall Road, near Goose Creek. Neighbors had been complaining about hearing shots and a bad smell for a while, but nobody suspected what was really going on until deputies went out with a search warrant today, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said.

Investigators tromping through the smelly mud found skulls, bones and carcasses in various states of decomposition. The remains were not buried. Some of the skulls had bullet holes in them.

“We’ve got boxes and boxes and boxes of bones,” Moon said.

Animal control officers and volunteers from a rescue group also took 45 emaciated hound dogs into custody, Moon said. They were the kind of dogs commonly used in hunting but were so emaciated and sick that it’s not clear if any will survive, he said.

Investigators have not determined where all the dogs came from and how long they were being shot behind Garrett’s house, Moon said.

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