- South Carolina, USA -
A search warrant was served for 35-years-old JOEVAUGHN LEON MEREDITH (pictured) on August 17, 2022, at a residence in the 2300 block of Brockman McClimon Road, Greer, where fifty-eight dogs were being kept.
Officers from the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Department returned to the property on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, 2022, with another search warrant. They removed forty-one dogs and left seventeen more at the residence.
The department said officers went back to the property due to the health and living conditions of the dogs in the home.
The Post and Courier reports that Jamie Nelson, Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement director, said the dogs were kept in pens without clean water and the pens were covered with feces. He also said that several dogs were malnourished, had skin disorders, eye infections, and other injuries.
The forty-one dogs who were removed were placed in the care of Greenville County Animal Care.
MEREDITH granted the shelter ‘ownership’ of thirty-three dogs and said he wants eight of them back.
Nelson said: “We are going to let the court system work all that out.”
Regarding the seventeen dogs who were left on the property, Nelson told WSPA: “The reason why we left those 17 there has got to do with the fact that they are healthy, they are in a good, pinned area and there is someone that can take care of them.”
He also added: “It’s a living animal. Unfortunately, there’s people out there for whatever reason get overwhelmed, can’t take care of them. This scenario right here I don’t think it was that. I think this individual may have been selling them online as a breeder type scenario, maybe got overwhelmed.”
MEREDITH was arrested on August 24, 2022, on twelve counts of first-offense ill-treatment of animals. He was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center and released the following day.
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