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Deputies: 49 dogs seized from Abbeville Co. home, owner charged

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Benjamin Earl Vaughn (Source: Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office) Benjamin Earl Vaughn (Source: Abbeville Co. Sheriff's Office)
Investigators obtained a warrant for the home and removed 49 dogs of different sizes and breeds, according to Talbert. (Courtesy of Upstate Animal Rescue) Investigators obtained a warrant for the home and removed 49 dogs of different sizes and breeds, according to Talbert. (Courtesy of Upstate Animal Rescue)
Deputies said there was no food for the animals and no running water on the property. (Courtesy of Upstate Animal Rescue) Deputies said there was no food for the animals and no running water on the property. (Courtesy of Upstate Animal Rescue)
DONALDS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Donalds man has been charged after deputies said 49 dogs were removed from his property on Tuesday.

Captain Natalie Talbert of the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a home on Williamston Hill Road for a complaint about dogs running at large in poor physical condition and poor living conditions. 

Talbert said deputies found multiple dogs when they arrived and no one around.

The owner arrived as deputies were there and admitted to owning the animals, according to Talbert.

She said the owner also admitted there was no power at the home.

Investigators obtained a warrant for the home and removed 49 dogs of different sizes and breeds, according to Talbert.

She said there was no food for the animals and no running water on the property.

With the help of Abbeville City Animal Control, Anderson County Animal Control, Greenwood County Animal Control, Ware Shoals Animal Control and Upstate Animal Rescue, the animals were transported and housed, Talbert said. 

Talbert said Benjamin Earl Vaughn was charged with one count of felony ill treatment to animals.

She said Vaughn turned himself in on Wednesday morning and was released on a $5,000 surety bond.

A representative of Upstate Animal Rescue said they are accepting monetary donations that will go to helping the dogs. They are also reaching out to people who can donate food or foster homes. They can be reached at uarsc@yahoo.com .

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