Women Lived With 80 Dead Animals: Cops
Mother, two daughters in SC charged, say they meant well
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
Amanda Keith and her two daughters have been charged.   (Police photo)

(Newser) – Police in South Carolina arrived at a home to serve an eviction notice and were stopped dead in their tracks by the stench. The tenants, it turned out, had about 80 dead animals in various states of decay inside and outside the house in Laurens County, reports WSPA and WYFF. Those animals included dogs, cats, deer, chickens, ferrets—you name it. Some were stashed in the refrigerator or freezer (the power had been shut off), some wrapped in plastic, and some were just left where they died.

Rebecca Keith, 58, and daughters Amanda, 33, and Sara, 31, were charged with animal cruelty and failure to bury animals properly. The women say they loved the animals and always meant to bury them, but never got around to it. "I guess you could say they're like family," says Amanda Keith. "We didn't want to leave them behind. We've already had to leave so many behind."

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Jul 30, 2013 3:06 AM CDT
The main mental hospital here in Portland closed. Most of the patients were put out on the street. I guess some found animals and a house.
Jun 2, 2013 12:50 AM CDT
There has to be more to this than the stench of decaying animals.....someone here said "human kind"....I totally agree with Bosda. The article should be more informative. Neighbors? Husbands? Other family members? Pastor? Boyfriends? Missing children? Missing Cops? 1492
May 29, 2013 9:43 AM CDT
Check the backyard. For bodies. the Human kind....