Nearly 90 dogs seized from SC home; owner charged

RICHBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina have seized 87 dogs from a home where rescue workers had to don masks because of the strong odor.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 76-year-old Melissa Elizabeth Lyles was arrested and charged with ill treatment to animals.

A veterinarian working with animal control officers said all the dogs have skin infections, likely because they were living in a wet environment full of feces. The vet also said the dogs were loaded with fleas, and 1 of the officers who entered the home on Wednesday said the dogs hadn't been cleaned in months.

The dogs were taken to a county animal control facility.

An officer at the county detention center said Lyles was freed on Thursday under $12,000 bond. He didn't know if Lyles had an attorney.

Information from: The Herald,

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