CHESTER, S.C. — An arrest has been made after 51 dogs were seized in Chester County .
On Wednesday, deputies with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roy Sylvester Carter Jr. of Fort Lawn in relation to the search warrant where approximately 51 dogs were seized.
The dogs were found in various conditions – and officials say they overcrowded the Chester County Animal Shelter.
Carter has been charged with 2 counts of ill treatment of animals in general, torture. Both of these criminal charges are Class F felonies and carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
This is still an ongoing and active investigation by members of Chester County Animal Care and Enforcement and the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.
CHESTER, S.C. — According to Chester County government, as of Monday, Aug. 3rd, Chester County Animal Care and Enforcement team will temporarily suspend regular in-take operations into the animal shelter.
We’re told it has seen an enormous animal cruelty and neglect case that has overtaxed shelter resources.
About 50 dogs were seized from a property on Berrywood Ln in Fort Lawn. The dogs are in various conditions. The Chester Co. Animal Shelter is now OVER capacity and isn't taking in anymore animals. So far no charges have been filed, but an investigation is underway.
— Indira Eskieva (@IndiraCN2) August 4, 2020
Chester County officials say the case will not be taken lightly and the shelter will work hard to alleviate the situation.
All future calls will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This case is expected to impact services for the next 10 days.
Should you encounter a genuine emergency involving a domestic canine or feline, regardless of time or day, call E-911 directly.
The animal shelter still needs help getting the animals adopted, fostered or rescued. Please call the shelter and leave a message at 803-385-6341.