- South Carolina, USA -
The Horry County Police Department say that 41-year-old JASON HAROLD SCHULZE and 22-year-old KAYLA MICHELLE SCHULZE (both pictured below), each face 18 felony charges and 53 magistrate charges for ill treatment of animals, after a large quantity of animals were removed from a home along Highway 90 near Conway.
The Department wrote in a Facebook post that an investigation led to the discovery of 53 neglected animals in the pair’s custody.
Authorities also found the remains of many other animals.
MyrtleBeachOnline reports that on December 26, police responded to U.S. Highway 90 near International Drive about horses running loose on the road.
Officers then followed the horses to a driveway leading to a brick house and noticed the wire at the property was down resulting in the horses getting loose.
Officers saw other horses on the premises and no fresh water for them.
In the garage, there were several exotic birds kept in cages and there were no heat lamps for them.
Police tried to talk with the occupants of the home but no one was home and through the windows officers noticed there were several more birdcages inside the house.
On Wednesday, January 6, a search warrant was executed at the home and the HCPD Environmental Unit seized all the animals.
Among the animals removed from the property, there were horses, lizards, snakes, exotic birds and guineafowl.
The animals were taken to the Horry County Animal Care Center for treatment.
Police advise that the animals are not available for adoption yet.
JASON SCHULZE, of Myrtle Beach, and KAYLA SCHULZE, of Conway, are being held in J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Mugshots via J. Reuben Long Detention Center