SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man is facing 12 charges of animal cruelty Wednesday morning in Greer.

Joevaughn Leon Meredith, 36, of Greer was arrested on 12 counts of first-offense ill-treatment of animals.

The Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department responded to a residence around 9:45 a.m. on the 2300 block of Brockman McClimon Road in reference to animal cruelty.

The department said officers were following up after serving a search warrant for the owner on Aug 17th due to the health and living conditions of the canines in the home.

Officials said 58 dogs were being kept at the residence. 41 of them will be taken to Greenville County Animal Care.

“The reason why we left those 17 there has got to do with the fact that they are healthy, they are in a good, pinned area and there is someone that can take care of them,” The Director of Environmental Enforcement, Jamie Nelson said.

Nelson says it’s always hard to see animals in these conditions.

“It’s a living animal. Unfortunately, there’s people out there for whatever reason get overwhelmed, can’t take care of them. This scenario right here I don’t think it was that. I think this individual may have been selling them online as a breeder type scenario, maybe got overwhelmed,” Nelson said.