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30 Dead Dogs And Cats Found In Home Of Animal Rescue Director – The Animals Starved To Death

Published: June 06, 2022 at 03:49 PM Author: Penny Eims


Richland County, South Carolina – A woman who ran a non-profit animal rescue in South Carolina faces dozens of animal cruelty charges after the authorities made a chilling discovery inside her Columbia home on May 22. It was the smell of death that prompted a call leading deputies to the home of 47-year-old Caroline “Dawn” Pennington.

Pennington was the CEO and director of the nonprofit animal rescue, GROWL, and she was also employed by the Kershaw County Humane Society. But her affiliation with organizations dedicated to saving animal lives did not prevent her from letting 30 dogs and cats suffer slow and excruciating deaths inside of her home.

Graphic images reveal the horror of what took place inside Pennington’s Dibble Lane home.

Dogs and cats were left inside crates and wire cages, without food or water, until death ultimately freed them from their agonizing misery.

One particularly grim image shows a dead dog, with its head laying in an empty food dish.

Sheriff Lott commented on the well-known rescuer:

“It’s appalling and it’s heartbreaking. This is someone who was entrusted by the community to care for these animals and find them homes. She betrayed that trust, and she betrayed the trust of these innocent animals who relied on her.”

Dawndy Mercer Plank, a veteran reporter with WIS-TV, said this case is among the worst animal cruelty situations she has ever covered.

Ironically, in 2019 Pennington stated that it was “inhumane” to let animals go without food and water. She was quoted in the Augusta Chronicle and was referencing troubling conditions at an animal shelter:

“The animals in Allendale did not and do not deserve to have to endure these conditions. Something must change immediately. This should be a priority to anyone in the county. Letting animals go without food, water and basic care is simply inhumane,”

The very thing that Pennington referred to as “inhumane” happened to the animals who were inside her home, under her care. These animals relied on this woman, and they were let down in the most heartbreaking way.

Please add your name to the petition as we fight for justice on behalf of the animals who were starved to death inside of her home. Pennington is facing 30 counts of ill-treatment of animals and we want her to be held accountable for each and every life she stole.

We the undersigned demand that Caroline “Dawn” Pennington is held responsible for the inhumane death of 28 dogs and two cats. We are petitioning for Pennington to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law, in addition to being prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future. We also want Pennington to receive a mental evaluation and treatment if deemed necessary.

Details: Pennington was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and she resigned from the Kershaw County Humane Society the day before the agency became aware of her arrest and charges.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.




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30 Dead Dogs And Cats Found In Home Of Animal Rescue Director - The Animals Starved To Death

15,767 signatures = 79% of goal

15,767 Sandy James Todd Jul 02, 2022
15,766 Kelly Loehe Jul 01, 2022
15,765 KELLY HEITMAN Jul 01, 2022
15,764Anonymous Jul 01, 2022
15,763 M.H. Lynch This woman is s monster and needs to be locked up for the rest of her life. She should never again be allowed to own an animal!! Jul 01, 2022
15,762 Jayna Johnson Jul 01, 2022
15,761 Corinne Wolpe This is a disgrace, she deserves jail and a lifetime ban on owning animals. Jul 01, 2022
15,760 Leah Kirgis Jun 30, 2022
15,759 Kristen Wiggins I hope the punishment fits the crime. Lock her up in a cage without food and water. Jun 30, 2022
15,758 EJ Norton What a disgusting human being. Jun 30, 2022
15,757 Julia Atalay Sick Jun 30, 2022
15,756 Mary Barber Jun 30, 2022
15,755 Thet San Jun 30, 2022
15,754 Lisa Snycerski WE DEMAND JUSTICE Jun 30, 2022
15,753 Lynn Johnston Jun 30, 2022
15,752 Marie Ravera No words. She has been doing this for a long time. And you won't find any buried bodies in her yard, she works at animal control where i'm sure she would go in early and dump all the evidence for a long, long, long time. Give her the Death penalty if possible. Jun 30, 2022
15,751 Iris Martin If she worked at Animal control, she has been dumping these killed animals in the dead bin for a long time. Did she get lazy this week and that is why you found these? I wish she would get the death penalty or life in prison. Jun 30, 2022
15,750 Jackie Kerton Jun 29, 2022
15,749 Giustina Damiano Jun 29, 2022
15,747 Ibarra Nathalie Jun 29, 2022
15,746 Ria Mewalal Jun 29, 2022
15,745 Jennifer Kelly Jun 29, 2022
15,744 Joanne Raby Jun 29, 2022
15,743 Kristi Mcelkerney Jun 29, 2022
15,742 Enoe Corado Appalling that anyone who can abuse animals and cause their death just so happens to work for the humane society! She deserves the maximum sentence available. Horrific and sadistic!!! Jun 29, 2022
15,741 Carrie Kurosky Jun 28, 2022
15,740 Jacqueline Peipert Jun 28, 2022
15,739 Angie Jones Jun 28, 2022
15,738 Marisa Siconolfi Jun 28, 2022