NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A North Charleston man is behind bars after animal control officers found eight animals living in filth without food or water.
Officials were called to a house on Talisman Street on Tuesday after neighbors complained of a stench coming from the home. Inside, authorities found a ferret dead in its bowl and other dehydrated and mistreated animals.
Marion King, 22, is charged with four counts of animal cruelty and care. Each count carries a $1,092 fine or 30 days in jail. King voluntarily relinquished all animals to North Charleston Animal Control and they were turned over to the Charleston Animal Society.
Authorities found four exotic birds in the home that needed help. A Scarlett Macaw, is in critical condition and is in intensive care receiving subcutaneous fluids and an African Grey Parrot had to be put down.
Authorities also found a Blue and Gold Macaw, which was severely dehydrated and suffering from malnutrition. Another bird seized is an Umbrella Cockatoo. Three of the birds were severely dehydrated, emaciated and all have massive feather loss due to malnutrition caused by improper nutrition.
Two dogs and a kitten were also found in the home and were found in fair condition. The dogs and kitten are still being evaluated by veterinary staff for disease and parasites. They will be evaluated and will go into rescue or up for adoption.
King is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.