Owner plans to fight for custody of seized malnourished animals

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dozens of animals seized from a home in Huger will remain at a local animal shelter. But, the owner of those pets says he plans to fight to get them back.

At a custody hearing Friday morning, he requested an attorney to help gain custody of the 53 animals taken from his home on Halfway Creek Road. Authorities say the animals were found in bad conditions without food and water.

The Charleston Animal Society hopes to get full custody of the animals to nurse them back to health and give them to loving homes. A judge delayed the case until Tuesday, but shelter workers say waiting can impact their health.

The shelter says many of the animals are underweight, have skin disease, eye problems and parasites. One of the dogs is in critical condition and may have to be euthanized.

Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies say its the worst case of neglect they have ever seen. Dozens of animals were seized Tuesday from the home.

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