MBPD finds animals locked in storage unit

Maxine Stalvey (Source: MBPD)
Maxine Stalvey (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A Myrtle Beach woman is facing several charges of mistreatment of animals after officers say she left several animals locked inside a storage unit with no electricity or ventilation.

According to an arrest report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, officers responded to Uncle Bob's Storage located at 600 Cannon Rd. Monday afternoon after a witness claimed she heard dogs parking in a unit.

When the witness cut the lock of the door, officers reportedly discovered a white poodle in the back of the unit in a carrier. The dog was said to have a muzzle on its face to prevent barking.

Officers also said they located two parakeets and a birdcage holding a white finch inside the unit. No water was located for any of the animals. The report said officers then seized the animals and took them to Grand Strand Humane Society.

According to shelter employees, neglect cases in the Myrtle Beach area aren't uncommon at all. Sandy Brown, executive director of GSHS, says often times the most severe abuse and neglect cases come from Animal Control calls.

And the excuses for the neglect seem to have a pattern.

"They're moving. They lost their home. They've lost their apartment," she said.

Brown says until court cases are settled or the owner releases the animal over to the Grand Strand Humane Society, it can't be adopted into a new home.

While in the humane society's care -- she says vet bills can get expensive.

"It depends what's wrong with them and how long we have to keep them," she explained. "It can run into several thousand dollars."

Tuesday morning, officers located the owner of the storage unit, Maxine Rai Stalvey, 47, of Myrtle Beach. She was transported to the Myrtle Beach Jail and served with four warrants for the mistreatment of animals.

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