Rooster lovers wanted.
The Charleston Animal Society hopes people will adopt most of the 55 animals seized from an 80-year-old Huger man suspected of neglecting them.
Attorneys representing Charleston County and the man, Carroll Haseldon, agreed in magistrate court Tuesday that the shelter would take custody of the menagerie, which includes chickens, dogs, cats, ducks, a horse, a goat and a pig.
The agreement also stipulated that animal control officers make periodic visits to Haseldon's Halfway Creek Road home, where deputies found the animals last week while responding to a domestic dispute call. Officials did not know how many critters remain at the property.
The Charleston Animal Society also recently took in 20 dogs and 10 kittens from Mississippi River flood victims. Haseldon's animals added an extra $600 a day to the operating costs at the Remount Road shelter, deputies said at a previous court hearing.
Brad Mitchell, an attorney for Charleston County, said Tuesday's agreement does not require that Haseldon repay that expense.
Lucy Fuller, medical director at the Charleston Animal Society, said that some of the animals arrived too sick to nourish back to health but that the shelter hopes to place the majority of the seized animals in new homes -- even the farm animals.
"The biggest trouble is the roosters," Fuller said.
Sheriff's officials plan to charge Haseldon with ill treatment of animals and no inoculation of pets, each of which carries a fine of nearly $1,100, plus burying dead animals, which carries a $125 fine, according to sheriff's Maj. John Clark. Investigators also plan to consider county ordinance violations, Clark said.