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Nearly 90 dogs seized from Rock Hill home

May 7, 2010 6:49:00 AM - thestate.com
Authorities in South Carolina have seized 87 dogs from a home where rescue workers had to don masks because of the strong odor.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 76-year-old Melissa Elizabeth Lyles was arrested and charged with ill treatment to animals.

A veterinarian working with animal control officers said all the dogs have skin infections, likely because they were living in a wet environment full of feces. The vet also said the dogs were loaded with fleas, and one of the officers who entered the home on Wednesday said the dogs hadn't been cleaned in months.

The dogs were taken to a county animal control facility.

An officer at the county detention center said Lyles was freed on Thursday under $12,000 bond. He didn't know if Lyles had an attorney.

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