MULLINS, SC (WMBF) – Fourteen animals were seized from a Mullins home Wednesday after they were found living in "deplorable conditions," according to Marion County Animal Control Officer Fletcher Estes.
He said the office received a report of dogs not being taken care of at a home on East Wine Street in Mullins. According to Estes, a search warrant was obtained for the property.
When authorities arrived, two dogs were found tied up outside. Estes said the animals had severe skin problems and were extremely malnourished.
Then, eight puppies were found inside the home. A ninth puppy was also found dead, according to Estes. He added that personnel had to wear hazmat suits to go inside the residence.
"It don't get any worse," Estes said.
Four cats were also found on the property.
Estes said the search is on for the homeowners. He is hoping to work up an arrest warrant on Thursday, but doesn't know whether the people will face state or county charges.