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Deputies lodge charges in two animal cruelty cases

One of 24 dogs rescued from a bad conditions at a home on Jim Collins Drive. One of 24 dogs rescued from a bad conditions at a home on Jim Collins Drive.

Henderson County's animal enforcement squad brought animal cruelty charges after investigating separate cases residents keeping dogs and cats in unhealthy and unsanitary living conditions, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies went to a home on Jim Collins Drive on Thursday to do a health and welfare check based upon the information they had received. Once there, deputies found numerous dogs and a cat living in unhealthy and unsanitary living conditions. A total of 24 dogs and the cat were taken to the Henderson County Animal Shelter for follow-up treatment and veterinary care. As part of their investigation, animal enforcement deputies charged Stacie Hill, 44, and Sharon Hill, 53, each with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Both Hills were also issued a total of $1700 in civil citations for interfering with an animal enforcement officer, mistreatment of an animal and keeping animals in excess of the companion animal limit of permit.

On Tuesday deputies responded to a home on Old Spartanburg Road, also on a health and welfare check call, and found 13 kittens and seven cats living in unhealthy and inhumane living conditions. The felines were taken to the Animal Shelter for follow-up treatment and veterinary care. Deputies charged Zachary Hensley, 19, of Hendersonville, with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and they charged Susan McCormick, 48, of Hendersonville with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by neglect. Hensley remains in jail under a $750 bond. McCormick has been released on a $500 bond.