2 arrested in SC after children, dog found living in ‘deplorable conditions,’ deputies say

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FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. (WSAV) – Officers who were called to a South Carolina home in reference to a malnourished dog found a home in “deplorable conditions” with children living inside, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.

Animal Control officers were called to a home on Tillbrook Court in Fountain Inn, which is located southeast of Greenville.

Someone called to complain about a malnourished dog tangled up on a chain without access to food or water.

Animal Control then called in deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office did not reveal how many children were living inside the home or their ages but said they arrested two people.

Two people were arrested in South Carolina after authorities found children and a dog living in horrible conditions on Thursday.

Richard Spurgeon and Melanie Strickland were arrested without incident.

Both are charged with two counts each of cruelty to a child and ill treatment of an animal.

The children were removed from the home, Animal Control seized the dog, and the home was condemned by Laurens County Building and Codes.

Further information was not available.

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