A dog recovered from the house of the victims (Source: FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Deputies say when they found the bodies of Charles and Gretchen Parker inside their Jonesville home Sunday night they were being closely guarded by their pets.
Deputies say the Parkers were murdered by Jeremy and Christine Moody, who targeted them because Charles Parker was on the sex offender registry. Union County Sheriff David Taylor says animal control officers had to be called in to round up the Parkers' pets before investigators could begin gathering evidence.
According to Union's animal control director, Heather Sealy, several Chihuahuas, chickens, cats and other dogs were taken from the Parkers' home. Sealy said it took time to get the animals into custody.
"They were scared with people coming into their house that they didn't know. Their world had been disrupted," said Sealy. "Their nature was to be with their owners and that's what they did, they stuck true to them."
Sealy says in her experience many animals grieve the loss of an owner by refusing to eat or becoming lethargic.
"But these guys are lucky because they have their other friends to help them. They are not alone in this," said Sealy. "They're the forgotten victims. They are put out, left behind. People don't think about them when things are going on and they are left to suffer."
Sealy says the victims' family signed all of the animals over to the county so many of the animals were placed quickly. Sealy said by Thursday evening the last of the Parkers' pets had either been adopted or been taken in by local rescues.
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