Overcapacity at Horry County Animal Care Center after receiving more than 130 animal intakes in 5 days

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Animal Care Center needs the community’s help after two animal investigations left it over capacity.

Over the past five days, two animal investigations have led to more than 130 animal ingestions.

On Thursday, 44 dogs, 13 chickens, 12 ducks, a mini horse and a goat were taken to the shelter. An incident report from that investigation revealed negligent living conditions as officers investigated a complaint about a grooming business accused of operating without a licence.

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Then on Monday, another investigation brought 59 dogs to the animal care center.

An incident report says officers were called to Merrit and Fowler Roads in the Conway area after receiving a call from a concerned resident who had seen a large number of dogs in the area and feared he might not be supported. Officers said they found the dogs in a pen with no shelter, food or water. The HCACC said they were all emaciated, dehydrated and neglected. Police said the investigation into the case remains active and ongoing and any possible charges have not been finalized.

The animal care center currently cares for a total of 270 animals, which is well beyond the facility’s maximum capacity. Because of this, he had to rent space at Tamrock Kennels to house 31 animals that are currently up for adoption.

HCACC will remain closed through the weekend due to overcapacity and assisting with animal investigations.

“We are committed to fulfilling our duties as a public safety refuge – we cannot stop pursuing cases of animal neglect and holding those responsible accountable for their actions,” the HCACC posted in a statement. “We are committed to finding a home for every adoptable and treatable animal possible – we will not euthanize for space. To do both, we need your support. We need animal lovers to adopt, to foster, to support the work done at ACC day in and day out.

The HCACC said animals abandoned from Thursday’s animal survey will be available for adoption from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the animal care center. Animals made adoptable include 38 dogs (mostly poodles), 13 chickens, 12 ducks, a mini horse and a goat.

Each animal will be medically cleared and available for adoption.

There is a small cost associated with adoptions due to all the care given to animals upon admission.

Here are the adoption fees:

  • Small dogs – $100
  • Mini Horse – $150
  • Goat – $100
  • Chickens and ducks – $10

Adoptions for general population animals that are kept at Tamroc Kennels, located at 201 Bush Drive, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

MORE INFORMATION | Full list of adoptable pets at HCACC

Rescues will also continue at HCACC during this time and rescue partners should contact the Rescue Coordinator at [email protected]

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Benjamin M. Yerger