Police charged a woman with ill treatment of animals and receiving stolen goods Wednesday after seizing several animals and a stolen rifle, according to a Rock Hill Police Department report.
Brenda Kay Stewart, 61, remained jailed Thursday on $3,500 bond, according to jail officials.
Police were called to the Giga Drive home in Rock Hill after a York County Animal Control officer found a dog “panting heavily and appeared stressed” hanging out the window of a camper next to a house, the police report states. The animal control officer could not get the dog out of the window so police were called, but both officers could not get the dog out.
Officers found the home unoccupied but could hear barking inside, then checked the electricity meter and found the power had been disconnected and the water turned off, the report states. Police received a search warrant to go inside and found a dog and two cats running loose, and four more dogs in cages that had urine and feces in them, the report said. The floor of one bedroom also was “completely littered” with animal waste, the report states.
The animal control officer was able to jump through a camper window and get the dog that was in distress, and officers who searched the camper found a .22 caliber rifle that had been reported stolen.
Animal control took all the animals to the county animal shelter in York. When Stewart returned home police placed her under arrest, the report said.
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