case file

Loney Garrett Case – Goose Creek, SC

case summary

please note:

This is an active case and only information that has been publicly reported is available at this time.

In February 2013, Animal Rescue & Relief and Berkeley County Sheriff’s office partnered to seize over 45 live, hound dogs at the home of Loney Garrett in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  Said to be one of largest and most widely covered cases of animal cruelty in the history of the state, this case is being watched nationally by animal advocates.

While 45 hound dogs were successfully removed, the remains of hundreds more were found scattered around the property.  The 45 hounds were in deplorable condition with many needing emergency care.

The seize was the result of an investigation by Animal Rescue & Relief, who followed up on tips and over time successfully pinpointed the location of the property.  ARR brought the case to Berkeley County Animal Control and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department who were able to get a warrant to search the property.  ARR helped coordinate the resulting seize of animals and evidence and assembled a robust team of qualified professionals to assist, including a veterinarian, vet techs, and experienced volunteers that ARR has formally trained for these types of operations.

The ARR team worked alongside Berkeley County investigators and over the course of a full day, removed and processed 45 live dogs that were all in various stages of neglect.  Some of the dogs required immediate and emergency medical treatment, but all were medically assessed and thoroughly documented as evidence for the case.  In addition to the live animals, ARR processed the deceased animals as well and worked with a forensic laboratory to conduct DNA testing where needed.  Finally, working with a team of veterinarians, ARR oversaw the rehabilitation of the animals and documented the recovery during all stages.  The documentation process is a critical element to assembling successful cases.  The significant expenses associated with this work –including the medical care provided to the dogs and the forensic documentation and storage of evidence – were covered by ARR in its entirety.  ARR also started an animal cruelty hotline for people to submit anonymous tips about this case or other cases of animal abuse – (843) 647-9610.

Loney Garrett was charged with 43 felony counts of animal cruelty.  Berkeley County Judge McGregor T. Dennis set bond at $500 for each charge, totaling $21,500. The judge said Garrett can no longer have animals in his possession. Following a subsequent bond hearing, Garrett posted bail.  The case has unfortunately taken more than a year to go to court.  A plea hearing has been scheduled for Monday, August 25th.  Following this, the next step will be a sentencing hearing (date to be determined).  Representative from ARR will be able to speak at the sentencing hearing.  The public is welcome to attend public hearings and future court dates will be posted to this case file and to our social media.

 

GET INVOLVED

Join other animal advocates and supporters of ARR as we attend the plea hearing for the Lonie Garrett case on August 25 at the Berkeley County Courthouse (300-B California Avenue, Moncks Corner, SC 29461).  The case is scheduled for 2 pm, but we are encouraging people to show up at least 25 minutes early.  To demonstrate our united support, we are asking supporters to wear a black top and proudly display one our “Justice” stickers.  These stickers can be picked up ahead of time at three convenient, lowcountry locations:

Fetch Doggie Day Care (1990 Ashley River Rd, Charleston)
Lucia’s Premium Pets (162 Seven Farms Dr, Suite 115, Daniel Island)
My Three Dogs (350 W. Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant)

Show your support by attending the sentencing hearing – date to be announced soon!

your resources

Donate to our cruelty case fund that has been established to support our cruelty cases.  100% of your tax deductible contribution will be used to carry out the important work that occurs during these cases, including medical care for the animals, forensics, equipment and supplies, and other case expenses.

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Photo by ABC News4 Charleston
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