CARROLL COUNTY — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office's Animal Control program helped rescue 36 dogs and other animals from a rural property in Camden following a month long investigation.
The investigation began back in late May when the sheriff's office received an animal cruelty complaint about multiple dogs and other animals at the home of James and Shannon Ballard in the 5300 block of East 325.
Deputies found multiple dogs and other animals living in what they called "putrid living conditions."
At least 18 injured animals were removed from the home.
Then on June 24, a search warrant was served on the property and law enforcement officers found over two dozen more animals living in deplorable conditions which lacked proper food, water and shelter. In all, 18 additional dogs, four cats and ten chickens were removed from the home. All animals were checked by vets before being placed in temporary foster homes or animal shelters.
“This investigation was unprecedented for a county of our size”, stated Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby. “I want to commend and thank all those who were involved in this investigation and worked tirelessly to save these animals. Thankfully, these animals were removed and placed in more suitable conditions”
The Ballards are facing multiple charges including cruelty to an animal. Additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.