Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office authorities and other officials have been tight-lipped today about an animal cruelty case that put a Goose Creek man behind bars Monday.
The Sheriff’s Office said the remains of about 200 dogs were found during the search of Loney Garrett’s property at 408 Garretts Court. They also removed 45 living but malnourished hounds.
Garrett, 64, faces a charge of cruelty to animals. He appeared during a bond hearing this evening in which his bail was set at $21,500. He does not have a criminal record, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
During interviews, neighbors declined to be named, but several said they had reported foul smells and evidence of suspicious activity at the home for years.
In one case, a motorist reported seeing an emaciated horse tied to a post on the property. The motorist told Berkley County Animal Control about the sighting, but nothing was done, she said.
Garrett already had been facing four tickets for suspicion of improperly disposing of animals, according to court records. Animal control officers opened that case in late January and filed the citations last week.
An animal control employee said today that all questions directed toward the agency’s chief officer, John Nutter, were being referred to the Sheriff’s Office.
But sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon said he had no knowledge of the animal control actions. A report about the incident had not yet been completed, he added.
Capt. Rick Ollic, who oversees sheriff’s investigation, also said that he could not talk about the situation until he went to a meeting this afternoon.
Neither Moon nor Ollic would discuss the dogs’ status.
The dogs reportedly were taken to the Doc Williams SPCA on Cypress Gardens Road near Moncks Corner. Agency workers shooed reporters away from the property this afternoon and said they would not discuss the matter until noon Wednesday. Telephone calls seeking comment also were not returned.
But agency Executive Director Marcia Atkinson was attributed as the source of information in a WCSC-TV story posted on the station’s website. It stated that the walker hounds, beagles, and hounds likely will recover.
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