Johns Island woman arrested for animal cruelty

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Johns Island woman is out on bond Friday night after being arrested on animal cruelty charges. Housley was calm at bond hearing as the judge read her charges. Her lawyer did all of the talking for her.

She was arrested this morning on two counts of cruelty to animals. According to arrest warrants. Housley deprived two horses of necessary food. Court records say both were severely underweight and had fungal dermatitis, also known as rain rot.

A little more than a week ago, Housley voluntarily gave up a dozen other horses she couldn't care for to the Charleston Animal Society. They say all of the horses are now in local foster homes. Housley told police then that she was overwhelmed with the entire situation.

If found guilty of the charges, Housley could face at least 90 days in prison and up to $1000 in fines. Housley is expected back in court in June.

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