Cherokee County Humane Society Under State of Emergency After Animal Abuse Arrests

The Cherokee County Humane Society has been placed under a “State of Emergency” as a result of the rescue mission of nearly 50 animals that recently took place at a home in the Rock Run Community. And the Cherokee Humane Society is asking for the public’s help saving the animals by collecting food in order to nurture them back to health.

47 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, and turtles, were rescued from the home after deputies discovered that the animals were malnourished while performing a welfare check earlier this week. The public is being asked for donations to feed the animals as well as purchase lifesaving medicines to combat heart worms, and other illnesses within the rescued animals. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter on Piedmont Highway.

Ruth Staggs of Centre was arrested and charged with 47 counts of Cruelty to Animals after deputies were called to her home to perform a welfare check on a woman living there. In addition to the 47 malnourished animals, deputies also discovered several deceased animals. Staggs was booked and released from the Cherokee County Detention Center on more than $23,000 bond.


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