Man charged after 1 dog found dead; 14 taken to shelter

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with animal cruelty after finding a dead dog and 14 others living in squalor at a West Ashley home.

Deputies say they were told Rodney Gladden, of Ravenel, was supposed to be taking care of a friend's dogs while he was out of town, but he was never able make it to the residence. Gladden's absence resulted in the tragic death of a dog, and mistreatment of many others.

According to the incident report, a deputy stopped at a residence on Sanders Road last Friday after seeing a deceased, bloated dog on the end of a chain in the yard. There was no water present, and it is believed that the dog died of heat stroke, deputies say.

Officers said they also found six dog pens with two hounds in each pen. The incident report states that all of the water buckets were empty, and that every pen was filthy.

A total of 14 dogs were taken to a Charleston animal shelter to receive treatment for dehydration.

Gladden is being charged with violating the Charleston County Animal Care Ordinance.

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