Judge sets bond for woman accused in animal seizure case

VIDEO: Judge sets bond for woman accused in animal seizure case
Hall. (Photo Source: CCSO)
Hall. (Photo Source: CCSO)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A judge set bond Friday for a North Charleston woman charged with ill treatment to animals.

Gayle Hall is accused of failing to provide clean living conditions for animals on her property and in her care, in connection to a December incident where over 100 animals were seized from her home.

A bond court judge set a personal recognizance bond of $2,000 for Hall and ordered her to have no animals in her care.

Hall turned herself in to authorities early Friday morning.

Over 100 animals were seized from the home on Dec. 27, prompting the Charleston Animal Society stop taking in other animals as veterinarians evaluated and treated them, officials say.

"Yesterday and throughout the night we received over 100 animals, mostly bunnies and cats, from a seizure at a home in North Charleston," a post on the Charleston Animal Society's page read Monday. "Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to a call and brought us in to assist."

"Our life-saving team of veterinarians and technicians are working around the clock to make sure every animal is carefully evaluated and treated for their medical needs," the post continued.

Officials say 72 rabbits, 32 cats, and four dogs were seized from the home on Selah Street shortly before 2:00 p.m.

The homeowner told deputies she was trying to help the animals but was in over her head.

"The living conditions for the animals were deplorable and posed a health risk to the community," a representative for the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said.

"...Most were ill or injured," added Joe Elmore, Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer. "This continued animal hoarding is needless cruelty committed by a known repeat offender and we strongly encourage law enforcement officials to bring full charges against the perpetrator."

The only exceptions to the temporary moratorium at the Charleston Animal Society are dogs deemed vicious by animal control officers and any injured animals or other emergencies approved by the organization.

According to the Charleston Animal Society, authorities went back to the home the next day to rescue more animals.

"The bottom line is that if you feel like someone is in over their head with animals and that the animals might be suffering, please call your local law enforcement agency to get both the person and the animals much needed help," stated Elmore.

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