Friday, January 8, 2016

Woman charged after more than 100 animals found in home

Offense carries maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, $1,000 fine

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

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A North Charleston woman has been charged with one count of ill treatment to animals after more than 100 animals were discovered in her home.

Gayle Cherie Hall turned herself in to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Officer Friday morning at 5 a.m. and was released on a $2,000 bond. More than 70 rabbits, 32 cats, and four dogs were removed from Hall’s home in December after officers found the animals to be living in improper conditions.

According to an incident report, many of the animals were without food and water, some suffering from possible injuries and medical problems, and fresh blood was found on the floor.
Hall told officers that she had been taking in the animals for a couple of years, but the burden of care had become too much.

Representatives at the Charleston Animal Society, who have been providing shelter and medical treatment for the rescued animals, have recommended to authorities that Hall be prohibited from owning animals in the future and required to receive psychological treatment.

In 2012, Hall turned over more than 80 cats, according to an incident report, following her decision to get out of the “cat rescue” business.

Hall could face a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. 

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