Some of 53 animals seized have new homes, but more remain

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society says that several of the 53 malnourished animals seized from a Charleston County home last week have found news home, but some had to be put down.

A goat, pig, rooster, several chickens and a horse seized from the property have found homes. The animal society had to euthanize two dogs who were underweight and eaten up with parasites.

The shelter has also run into difficulty finding people to adopt the nearly 20 dogs, ducks and geese that remain.

Just a day after receiving the animals from the neglect case, dozens more were brought to the shelter to escape the flooding in the Midwest.

Since the massive influx, the community has stepped up in a big way by making generous donations of dog food and money.

"Right now fortunately the public has come forward with a lot of food, so we're certainly good with food now thanks to the generosity of companies and individuals," said Charleston Animal Society Board President Charlie Karesh. "Charleston has come forward to help the animals, but we'll still have a lot more to do."

Karesh say it costs several thousand dollars a day to take care of  all the animals at the shelter.

The Charleston Animal Society has a 55-percent save rate and they hope to increase it to 75 percent by 2012.

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