Disturbing photos of allegedly neglected feral cats at Marion County shelter are going viral on social media

Disturbing photos of allegedly neglected feral cats at the Marion County, South Carolina shelter are going viral on social media. Be sure to take a good look at the photos. Yes, the cats are locked in. There are maggots in the blue bucket. One cat is said to be dead in the cage. This is unacceptable!

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The following plea for help was posted along with the photos taken at the Mullins shelter stating

“SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE! Went to help at the MARION CO. ANIMAL SHELTER (SC) and this was the condition of their feral cats! All other animals were evacuated to a new temporary shelter, but these cats were left. Padlocked in, litters completely soaked and unusable, no food, and yes there is a dead cat in one of the kennels. Marion County has one of the worst animal controls/shelters in SC and this is uncalled for! Please share these photos and maybe we can cause someone to actually do something about this!”

Marion County SC map

Marion County SC map

Does anyone know the whole story on this horrible situation? Are the cats safe? What is needed and who should we contact?

Pictures of Marion County Animal Shelter

Please post any information about the current condition of the cats in the comment section. Contact news media in the Marion County area. Trisha Dingle is doing a good job with updates on her Facebook page.

If the South Carolina shelter rings a bell of familiarity, I wrote on it for PoC after cats were shot and killed back in 2016. The code enforcement officer was fired.

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.

Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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17 Responses

  1. Jane Carter says:

    Love the classy husbandry.

    Southern states of America! Sort out your primitive attitudes to the welfare of other species, you have a reputation, not far behind the repulsive butchers of Yulin Festival in China. I have seen so many of these horror stories originating from the South.

    Yes, before anyone bites me, I do understand how the history of the country has led to depravity and deprivation. We are nearly a fifth into the 21st century, the attitudes of those who neglect animals this way would be more fitting to the 12th century.

    Robert Rhino & aliases, you would be better suited to some basic education about wild life, domesticated animals and farmed animals than sitting in your Mum’s basement, pretending that your compassionless, dumb arse drivel impresses anyone reading it.

  2. Toni says:

    Do tell robotrhino, where the facts are to back up these ridiculous accusations you make!?

  3. FRANCES A DANNA says:

    It really hurts to see feral cats, or any animals, caged and suffering due to neglect like this.??

  4. Dtermined says:

    You have to look at their group Marion County Animal Shelter Friends and Volunteers, SC for actual updates.

  5. GaillenT says:

    Sounds like it would be best if all shelters around the world stopped taking in any cats completely, forever. If this is the kind of problems that cats cause for everyone.

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      So do dogs. Big dogs in shelters are just as likely to be killed for space or for breed.

      • GaillenT says:

        I don’t disagree. All stray dogs (and cats) are shot to death where I live. No further problems for anyone. You pet-people are a constant and perpetual cause of problems for everyone else on the planet — human and native wildlife. Pet-ownership, and all people just like you, should be made illegal worldwide. You’re nothing but another useless and royal pain in the ass for every other living thing on earth.

        • M E King says:

          I could easily say the same about some of the parents and their offspring in the surrounding area. To a large extent parenthood should be illegal. We’re not going extinct and the neglected offspring are filling our prisons where catch and release is pretty much the norm. The offspring re-offend until we lock them up forever. At least pets are adoptable. The biggest burden on wildlife is human encroachment.
          If the shelter could NOT move these cats they should have been humanely destroyed before the storm. What’s going on there is criminal.

          • GaillenT says:

            Yes, human encroachment on wildlife is the biggest problem, and by far, the biggest problem of all are those humans who encroach on native wildlife habitat with their cats — destroying 1,000 times more animals than humans who encroach but don’t promote the existence of cats. Apparently you missed the thread where this was already proved and discussed. Here’s one chart from that discussion at pictures-of-cats.org/cats-without-microchips-to-be-culled-by-auckland-city-council.html

        • Jane Carter says:

          GaillenT, how do you feel about farmers? They generally have a devastating effect on ALL wildlife. Or don’t they count because they provide you with a never ending supply of rancid, dead animal flesh in the grease filled burgers that you likely fill your gaping, ranting maw with 24hrs a day?

    • Michael Broad says:

      Pathetic comment as usual. Pointless and illogical.

  6. Elisa Black-Taylor says:

    I really wish someone would tell me this is a big mistake and the cats are safe but the shelter hasn’t even posted on their Facebook page in more than a week. I do realize that area has been impacted by Hurricane Florence.

    • RobotRhino says:

      Clearly the conditions you see couldn’t have developed since the advent of the current hurricane. This is long-term neglect, and it’s typical of “no-kill” shelters, and of the utter (and horrific) lack of work ethic characteristic of no-kill advocates, “cat-rescue” extremists and TNR charlatans. They are merely state-sponsored cat-hoarders. It’s about their own egos and money–it’s never about the animals themselves–they’re disposable.

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