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Pet Helpers responds to Orangeburg animal hoarding case

By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C (WCIV) -- On Wednesday, January 25th nine cats taken from a couple's mobile home in Orangeburg County arrived at Pet Helpers on Folly Road.

Initially, when animal control responded to Amy and Richard Thomas' home on December 17th they discovered approximately 150 abandoned cats. The married couple has been charged with animal cruelty.

"Some of the cats were dead. There was no food or water," said Kristin Kiefer, operations manager with Pet Helpers. "By the time animal control responded, the cats were forced to have to eat the dead cats that were there."

Several of the cats have treatable illnesses and will be nursed back to health. That's where Pet Helpers steps in -- to get them ready for adoption.

"We're dealing with some of the cats that have eye infections," Kiefer said. "They're on antibiotics for upper respiratory problems. You can hear it when they breathe, and they have severe ear mites."

None of the cats are vetted, and all will need to be vaccinated, microchipped, spayed or neutered before they are ready for adoption.

Pet Helpers assumes the cost of care for these animals and appreciates donations that will help to allay the costs. To donate, contact the organization at 843-795-1110.

"The best way for them to get better is to get them into foster care, so we're looking for foster parents," Kiefer said.

Pet Helpers is the Lowcountry's only forever shelter and keeps all animals until they are adopted.

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