5 animals found dead in Colleton Co., 15 more malnourished

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Five animals were found dead and 15 more were taken from a Cottageville home Monday.

Colleton County animal control officers found the remains of three horses and two llamas at the home off running creek road.

The animals are in bad shape with their ribs and bones sticking out. Veterinarians say the full-size horses are more than 400 pounds underweight. The mini-horses are at least 100 pounds underweight.

A sheep, goats, dogs, ducks, a pig and chickens were also taken away.

The surviving animals will be cared for and should be ready for adoption in the next three months.

Tonie Avant was cited for not giving the animals proper treatment and not getting rid of the remains of dead animals.

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