MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach homeowner says she found a dead pet decaying on her next door neighbor's patio and is concerned of what else may be abandoned inside the home.
Marie Butler, who lives in the Landing in Plantation neighborhood, says she takes quite a bit of pride in her yard, which is why it was frustrating to see her next door neighbor's home on Lighthouse Way fall into disrepair.
"It's my neighborhood; I want to protect it," Butler says. "I want it to look nice all the time. I work hard with other neighbors to do this."
According to Horry County Police reports, officers arrested the owner of the home, Jeff Robinson, for trespassing on neighboring property and allegedly stealing beer and cigarette butts. Butler says she hasn't seen Robinson in about six weeks, and got worried when she began to smell an odor coming from the home.
"I realized at that time there was something very wrong inside that house because of the smell," Butler says. "Not only was it a nasty smell, but it was a decaying smell."
Butler says she called police and every Horry County official she could think of, with no luck.
"I just could not get anybody to listen to me or believe me, that I thought there was something dead around [the neighbor's house]," Butler says.
Finally, Butler took matters into her own hands, and took a look. Robinson says she followed the odor to the back patio on Robinson's home and was shocked at what she found.
"I walked up there and that's when I saw the dog," Butler says. "The animals had started to uncover it...and I guess eat it."
Butler says she snapped a photo of the dog, which can be seen hanging out from under covers on the patio. She says Horry County Animal Control visited Robinson's home twice this week and removed the dog, but now she worries about what else could be inside.
"Whether I'm wrong or whether I'm right about it, I don't know," Butler says. "But with what I smelled over there, I think it warrants somebody taking another look at it."
Horry County Police say both their South Precinct and the Environmental Services Division have been notified about Butler's complaints.
Butler says she has no plans to give up on this case until someone investigates the inside of the home.