York County Man Arrested, More Than 80 Animals Seized During Abuse Investigation

YORK COUNTY, SC — A 63-year-old York man has been arrested and more than 80 animals have been seized following an animal abuse investigation, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies conducting an investigation for several months into the poor living conditions and concerns of the health of the animals at a house off West Liberty Hill Road. Following the investigation, David Andrew Barber was arrested and the animals are now in the care of York County Animal Control.

York County Deputies along with York County Animal Control officers responded to a West Liberty Hill Road home Monday where 80 small breed dogs, two monkeys, and one bird were found in very poor living conditions inside and outside of the home.

After investigating, preliminary charges against Barber are multiple counts of ill treatment of animals, hoarding of animals, and potentially other charges are pending after veterinary examination of the animals, deputies said. In addition during the search, deputies discovered methamphetamine and seized multiple firearms.

“We are thankful for the team work between our deputies and animal control to make sure these animals get the care they need, and hopefully in the future a loving home.” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

The only circumstances where law enforcement can legally remove an animal is where exigent circumstances exist or by court order or search warrant. Exigent circumstances would be imminent danger of death or destruction of evidence. All animals will be examined by a veterinarian for health conditions for future placement. No evidence of dog fighting or baiting existed.

This investigation is ongoing.