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Lexington man arrested after animals found malnourished, deputies say

Carl Kelly (Lexington County Detention Center)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – A Lexington man has been arrested after deputies found more than a dozen malnourished animals at a home, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Fifty-five-year-old Carl Kelly is charged with three counts of ill treatment of animals and a drug possession charge, according to warrants.

Deputies found out about the animal abuse after tips to check on two horses in the 200 block of Happy Town Rd. in Gaston, according to deputies.

“Deputies followed up on a tip and found two horses in poor health tied to stakes in the ground with short lead ropes,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “After obtaining a search warrant to fully inspect the property, deputies found 13 dogs, a rabbit and a goat.”

All the animals showed signs of neglect and had little to no access to food, water or shelter, according to Koon.

The department is caring for the two horses along with the goat and rabbit. County of Lexington Animal Services seized the dogs for evaluation and treatment.

Kelly was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

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