ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Deputies have arrested one person and are looking for another after over 100 cats were found "feeding on each other for survival" in an abandoned mobile home over the weekend.
According to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested Amy June Thomas and charged her with one count of animal cruelty. Thomas, according to investigators, abandoned 108 cats in a mobile home at 113 Joree Dr. without food or water.
Deputies are looking for Richard William Thomas. He also lived at the mobile home and is accused of abandoning the cats and depriving them of food and water, investigators said.
Deputies have not been able to make contact with Thomas and a warrant has been obtained for him in this case.
According to a sheriff's office incident report, Amy Thomas told authorities the two were separated and that she moved out in September.
Amy says at that time her husband was caring for approximately 20 cats. She says when she returned to the home several weeks later, there were about 50 cats and she said her estranged husband told her he was trying to find homes for the animals.
Deputies say they contacted Richard Thomas who said he would come to the home Saturday, but they say he never showed up. Deputies told WIS on Sunday they found the cats in their own waste without food, water or power. According to neighbors, they hadn't seen anyone in the home in two weeks.
Arrest warrants said the cats were forced to feed on each other in order to survive. "This is probably the worst case I've seen working in Orangeburg County for a long period of time," said Major Rene Williams. "The conditions, the pictures I've seen, it's really a bad case of
Amy Thomas was expected to have a bond hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The cats are in the care of the Orangeburg County Animal Control and are being evaluated by a veterinarian.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Richard William Thomas is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.
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