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Case ID: 19974
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat
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Friday, Oct 25, 2013

County: Horry

Disposition: Convicted

Defendants/Suspects:
» Debra Elaine Goulding
» William Joseph Goulding

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Myrtle Beach couple are each facing 27 counts of animal cruelty after officers seized 25 cats and two dead cats from a mobile home, according to authorities.

Debra Elaine Goulding, 54, and William Joseph Goulding, 51, were each charged with 27 counts of abandon/mistreated animals and are being held on $12,663 bond, according to Myrtle Beach Jail records. The couple were taken into custody on Sunday.

Officers went to the Goulding home on Oct. 25 inside the Shell Cove Mobile Home Park at 600 Secondary Highway 15 for a report of cats living in an abandoned mobile home, police said.

Officers found the cats inside the home, which had feces and a "extremely pungent odor" coming from the home, according to the report. Officers were not able to catch all the cats and the officer wrote in the report additional cats may be living in the walls of the home because of broken panels.

Officers took the cat they were able to catch to the Grand Strand Humane Society where workers determined 14 cats were too sick and were euthanized, according to the report. The remaining 11 cats were in need of treatment.

The officer wrote in the report that some cats, including kittens, were emaciated, lethargic and suffering from severe eye infections. The officers found a bedroom that had been closed off from the cats inside the home where it appeared the occupants had been living.

One of the deceased cats was found shut up inside a recliner, while another was found on the couch, according to the report.

Officers also noted there had been previous concerns at the house for animal control, according to the report.


Case Updates

A Myrtle Beach couple was sentenced Wednesday on multiple charges of animal cruelty following the seizure of 27 cats, including two that were dead, from a mobile home, authorities said.

Debra Elaine Goulding,7 54, and William Joseph Goulding, 51, both pleaded guilty to 27 counts each of abandoned/mistreated animals.

The pair were sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, suspended upon restitution of $1,420 to the Grand Strand Humane Society which handled the care of the recovered felines, said Myrtle Beach Clerk of Court Shelly Askey. The Goulding's are not allowed to own any animal for 27 months -- one month for each charge.

Askey said the 30 days imprisonment that is being suspended is the maximum for the charge.

Officers went to the Goulding home on Oct. 25 inside the Shell Cove Mobile Home Part at 600 Secondary Highway 15 for a report of cats living in an abandoned home, police said.

They found the two dead cats and 25 still alive inside the home, which had feces and an "extremely pungent odor," according to a report.

Officers weren't able to catch all of the cats and said in the report that additional felines may be living in the walls of the home which had broken panels.

Of the 25 cats taken to the Grand Strand Humane Society, 14 were too sick and were euthanized, police said.

Some cats, including kittens, were emaciated, lethargic and suffering from severe eye infections, according to the report. The officers found a bedroom that had been closed off from the cats inside the home where it appeared the Goulding's had been living.

One of the deceased cats was found shut up inside a recliner, while another was found on the couch, according to the report.
Source: Myrtle Beach Online - Nov 6, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 1:45AM 

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