Nearly 20 kittens and four cats were rescued from a Round O mobile home that was covered in chemicals involved in the making of methamphetamine, according to officials.
A woman called the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday after a woman outside her home told her she had been contaminated by a “red phosphorous methamphetamine lab spill” at 623 Cannon Road, according to a news release.
Fire and rescue crews were initially dispatched to the home for an explosion, but Colleton County Fire-Rescue Director Barry McRoy said there was no evidence that an explosion occurred.
He added, however, that the interior of the mobile home, located down a dirt road, was covered in chemicals and “full of cats.”
Investigators who responded to the residence found two more individuals and a suspected methamphetamine lab/cooking lab on the back porch, the release states.
Ronald Juliano, 48, and Shelley Pafford, 28, both of Cannon Road, and Ashlyn Wiedenbach, 21, of Pierce Road in Cottageville, were decontaminated by firefighters and then arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate South Carolina drug laws.
The trio is awaiting bond hearings at the Colleton County Detention Center.
Colleton County Animal Control took possession of the kittens and cats and must keep them for 30 days because the owner could still technically petition to get them back.
Director John Glass described the animals as “in fair shape,” and said they were currently being treated, but not for anything serious.
He added that the kittens were very young and some have not opened their eyes.
This is the third meth lab found at 623 Cannon Road since 2013 that has been dismantled by the Sheriff’s Office. Other incidents have involved charges against different individuals.
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