22 Dogs Tied Up Outside Rock Hill Home
ROCK HILL, S.C. – It is clear the people who live inside a brick, one-story home in Rock Hill don’t want anyone nosing around. There are multiple “no trespassing” signs. But what’s in the backyard, and visible from the public roadway, is hard to ignore. Dog after dog, chained up to crude shelters.
“The way they bark, it’s always at a certain time of night,” one resident tells WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty. That resident wants to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. Another resident took cell phone video to show how noisy the dogs are. And another also called the York County Sheriff’s Office because the dogs wouldn’t stop barking at 4:30 in the morning.
The deputy says the animals’ owner admitted there were 22 dogs on the property. He was cited for violating the noise ordinance the morning they were barking at 4:30. It’s not enough, according to one resident, who says the dogs are also often transported on and off the property at night. “I’m concerned that they’re hurting the dogs and making ’em do things that dogs shouldn’t do. They’re not just pets, they’re for fighting,” they say.
Alicia Schwartz with the Committee for Responsible Pet Ownership says callers into the 803-980-DOGS hotline also allege the dogs are used for fighting. She says, “We get calls all the time. We’ve had multiple calls and all we know to do is call it into animal control.” She continues, “From what I understand, it’s been on going for years and these neighbors are tired of it and they don’t have a voice. Nobody cares.”
Fogarty asked a family member outside the property in question to have the owners come speak with her. They never stepped outside. She also called the number they provided to the Sheriff’s Office. It was disconnected. The owners have insisted before that their operation is set up to help the animals. The resident says, “They claim that they rescue the dogs and they sedate them so that they don’t bark so much, and obviously that isn’t true.”
WCCB Charlotte asked the York County Sheriff’s Office for more information about their visits to this address and haven’t yet heard back. Rescuers say some less obvious signs of dog fighting can include “no trespassing” signs and dogs being rotated on and off the property.