LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said a man who resided at a now condemned home in Gray Court, where several dogs were rescued and others found dead earlier this week, has been charged with several counts of ill treatment of animals.
We reported earlier that Laurens Co. Animal Control’s Gile Gilmer said four dead dogs were found at a home in the 300 block of Kennedy Road.
Gilmer said on Wednesday that 9 adult Chihuahuas are currently in their care.
Four puppies – about a week or two old – are getting specialized care at Holmes Veterinary Hospital.
Gilmer says several more dogs were roaming the property and animal control was working Wednesday morning to seize those dogs.
The man who lived in the now condemned house — Timothy Edward Glassford, 54, was arrested last week on an unrelated charged of aggravated assault and battery, according to jail records.
According to a sheriff’s office news release on Thursday, deputies charged Glassford with 18 counts of ill treatment of animals.
Glassford was taken to the Laurens County jail, where he remains at this time on a $35,000 bond in reference to an assault that took place on June 14.
He was arraigned on the ill treatment of animals charges and Glassford’s bond was set at $90,000 — which is $5,000 for each charge.
Reynolds told us on Wednesday that they are also investigating to see if this is link to 15 dead Chihuahuas found on Stoddard Mill Rd. back in February.
He said they will make the appropriate charges if they are able to link Glassford to that incident.
Gilmer said a neighbor notified animal control about the dogs on Monday.
Glassford told animal control his girlfriend was feeding the dogs.
Animal control officers visited the home and saw food, but when they returned Tuesday they found a dead dog on the front porch.
Gilmer said the house was in terrible shape and has been condemned.
“If you can imagine your worst nightmare of a house, this is probably it,” he said.
Glassford has since surrendered the dogs and animal control is in need of rescues to help care for all of the canines.
Gilmer said they don’t know if this is a case of hoarding or a breeder.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the case, he said.