According to a news release from the sheriff's office, not only were malnourished dogs and puppies discovered on chains and in cages, but skeletons of dogs who did not survive were found as well.
The full release from the sheriff's office outlines the grim discovery:
Steven Graham, 24, of Big Dam Swamp Road, Andrews, is being held in Georgetown County Detention Center on the charges after deputies were alerted about dogs being left chained and in cages without food or clean water. One adult dog and seven puppies were left inside the mobile home while others were chained outside. They appeared emaciated, and some had sores. A number of dog skeletons were found in the yard.
The surviving dogs and puppies were in poor health and are now being cared for at the St. Frances Animal Center.
How does someone turn their back on 14 (+) lives? How does someone simply allow dogs and puppies to suffer on chains, and in cages, without food or water? Graham must be severely punished for his cruel lack of compassion for these dogs. Please sign today to let the court officials know that we care about this case and want to see a fitting punishment. Graham must not only face jail time, but he needs to be banned (for life!) from owning any pets in the future. These lives mattered.
* Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update 1/18/2021: Initial Court was on 1/08/2021, next up is roll call on 2/19/2020.
Update 1/4/2021: Read our letter to Prosecutor Martin Spratin here