Update: After receiving evidence from PETA’s six-month undercover investigation at Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary, Judge Bradley Mayers ordered the removal of all animals from the facility. Roughly 240 cats and an arthritic dog were seized from Elizabeth Owen by order of a Horry County judge. But after Owen’s attorney told the judge that 30 cats and the dog were Owen’s “personal pets,” the judge agreed to have those unfortunate animals returned to Owen’s custody.
Roughly half the cats who were seized were put out of their misery because of conditions such as anal maggots, herpes, ringworm, tumors, seizures, multiple abdominal abscesses, cracked and bloody paw pads, severe gum disease and missing teeth, and more—all things that cause pain and discomfort and none of which happen overnight. These cats had long been languishing with no quality of life. For them, death was release from a bad life of confinement, stress, and pain.
The 101 cats who remain in the county’s temporary shelter facility are also sick. The county is providing veterinary care for them. For more details, click here. More information regarding these new developments will be made available in the coming days.
Some 300 cats are suffering in filthy wire cages stacked inside dark, unventilated, ammonia-filled storage units at the grotesquely misnamed Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary (SVAS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. PETA has submitted a formal complaint to the local prosecutor and is calling for the cats to be seized immediately.