Florence woman charged after dogs allegedly deprived of adequate food, water

Florence woman charged after dogs allegedly deprived of adequate food, water

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A Florence woman is charged following an animal cruelty complaint that police investigated earlier this week.

According to a press release from the Florence Police Department, Michelle Alston turned himself in on Friday after an investigation into the complaint in the 1400 block of Waverley Avenue began Tuesday.

Alston was charged with one count of ill treatment of animals.

The release stated that officers found three dogs in the backyard of the Waverley Avenue residence on Feb. 5. One of the animals was dead.

Animal control took custody of the dogs and an investigation determined the animals in Alston’s care were allegedly deprived of adequate food and water.

The cause of the dog’s death, which initiated the investigation, was determined to be accidental due to the animal’s tether becoming tangled with a chain-link fence.

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