Horry County Animal Care Center closed to public to assist with second animal investigation in a week

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – For the second time in just days, the Horry County Animal Care Center has closed its doors to the public to help with an animal investigation.

The HCACC said Monday that all of its staff are working with the police department on an investigation that requires a large number of animals with medical needs.

WMBF News asked for the report related to the animal investigation. The Horry County Police Department said it would release the report once it was completed.

During the closure, HCACC will not be able to conduct adoptions or accept landlord surrenders or stray contributions.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide emergency care to the animals involved,” the HCACC said on its Facebook page.

The animal care center said it is expected to remain closed to the public until at least Tuesday.

Mikaila Moskov said the investigation was unrelated to another that also forced the animal center to close its doors to the public on Friday.

In this animal investigation, an incident report obtained by WMBF News shows that officers responded to an address on Thursday after receiving a complaint about a grooming business operating without a license. The report also alleged that there were “negligent living conditions for many dogs on the property”.

When officers arrived, the two people on the property admitted to having a large number of animals and escorted police to the area.

“The animals were found in neglected conditions,” the incident report said. “The arrested person returned several animals, servants and livestock.”

The person arrested in the case received multiple citations, including a citation for operating an unlicensed business.

The Horry County Animal Care Center was also closed to the public in June when it had to treat more than two dozen animals seized in a neglect case.

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