Couple charged with animal cruelty in Union

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UNION, S.C. (WSPA) – A couple has been charged with animal cruelty in Union after officers found 19 dogs in their feces.

According to Union Public Safety, on Monday an officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of Union Boulevard in reference to animal cruelty.

Upon arrival at the scene, the officer and an animal patrol officer met with the reporting party who advised that the owners had failed to take care of 19 dogs, including 16 puppies.

As they walked toward the rear of the house, the officers smelled a strong odor of feces.

The incident report said that when the officer approached the pen, he saw feces and bloody vomit covering the ground and saw worms in the puppies’ bellies.

Police examined the puppies and found they were either worm-infested or malnourished.

Officers did not find any tags confirming the presence of rabies in the three adult dogs.

The report states that the owners, William Vernon Haire and Sami Holcombe Haire, were staying at the Union Inn and asked another man to care for the animals.

Both men were charged with one count of violating a city ordinance and four counts of cruelty to animals.