LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said three people were arrested after multiple animals were removed from a home in Joanna on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, Laurens County Animal Control requested that the sheriff’s office assist in a case where a horse was found in poor condition at a home on Pickens Street.
When deputies arrived on-scene, the horse was found to be malnourished and had issues with its hooves and legs.
A goat on the property was also found to be in poor health.
“Our number one priority has to be public safety,” said Director of Laurens County Animal Control, Geoff Brown.
That’s a line from the director of the animal control department in Laurens County. We previously talked to him after dozens of malnourished dogs were found chained up outside of a Fountain Inn home. And just days before that, a puppy mill bust in Ware Shoals.
But fast forward only a couple weeks later. Owners of a home on Pickens Street in Joanna are suspects in the latest animal neglect case this county has seen this year.
7 News: “Did it surprise you to hear there was a horse back there?”
“Yeah, I didn’t know that,” said Joanna Resident, Bruce Clark.
Bruce Clark told us he has lived in the neighborhood where the animals were allegedly found for a very long time. But he said he never noticed anything out of the ordinary.
“They must have moved most of them in, I would have noticed here recently but I never paid much attention,” Clark said.
Clark is not alone. We talked with some other neighbors who told us the exact same thing.
However authorities said in a press release, there is more than meets the eye.
A report of the incident showed authorities found over a dozen animals on the property including a horse and goat that were in bad shape.
As for Clark, he has quite a few pets of his own. He told 7 News he tries to take good care of them. But he said he wishes everyone would do the same.
According to the release, in addition to the horse and the goat, Animal Control officers removed six cats, four dogs, two ducks, one chicken, one guinea pig and one rabbit from the home.
Lori Lockey, James Adams and Jaron Adam — who all live in the home — were arrested and charged with three counts each of animal neglect, as well as two counts each of unlawful neglect of children.
Sheriff’s Office officials said the home was reportedly in disarray.
“Unfortunately, this is not Ms. Lockey’s first incident with alleged animal neglect. At the time of this incident, she was out on bond from another animal case and shouldn’t have been in the possession of any animals,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said. “Enough is enough. Hopefully we can work as a team with the Solicitor’s Office to keep her in jail this time. I appreciate the hard work that Laurens County Animal Control puts into making sure the animals of this county are properly taken care of.”