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Police: New homeowner finds crated dogs caked in feces in storage building

Dog rescued in Clemson (July 5, 2018/FOX Carolina) Dog rescued in Clemson (July 5, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Frederick Towe (Source: Clemson PD) Frederick Towe (Source: Clemson PD)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pickens County Animal Shelter said they took in 17 dogs on Wednesday that were seized from extremely poor conditions.

An employee with the shelter said it took three truckloads to bring in the dogs, which were being kept in small crates covered in approximately an inch of feces. She said the crates were stacked on top of each other and many of the dogs had to be shaved because their fur was caked with fecal matter.

She said they could smell the crates from yards away.

The Clemson Police Department said they received a call from a new homeowner about the dogs, who had been left behind on the day they took possession of the property.

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Officers said most of the dogs were found in kennels stacked on top of one another inside a storage building. A few of the dogs were in outdoor kennels. Investigators determined the previous owner had moved to Gray Court and left them behind.

In addition to having fleas, the shelter employee said all the dogs were suffering from missing teeth or tooth decay from malnutrition. When they were given food, some were so hungry they threw up from eating too fast, she said.

They suspect a few of the dogs may be pregnant. The dogs are all being bathed and vaccinated.

Police said they arrested 48-year-old Frederick Harrison Towe, the former homeowner, and charged him with ill treatment of animals.

Pickens County Animal Shelter said the dogs will be placed in foster homes but will not be available for adoption until the case goes through court.

Most of the dogs are miniature Australian shepherds.

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