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Posted on: July 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] More than 80 animals seized during abuse investigation

Black dog in a cage.

YORK COUNTY, SC – A York man has been arrested and 83 animals are now in the care of York County Animal Control. After several months of investigation about poor living conditions and concerns of the health of the animals, Deputies arrested David Andrew Barber, 63, and seized the animals at his home.

On July 26, 2021, York County Deputies along with York County Animal Control officers responded to a home at 5527 West Liberty Hill Road, York, SC after reports of dozens of animals in unhealthy living conditions.  Responding deputies and animal control officers located 80 small breed dogs, two monkeys, and one bird in very poor living conditions inside and outside of the home.  

After investigating, preliminary charges against Barber are multiple counts of ill treatment of animals, hoarding of animals, and potentially other charges are pending after veterinary examination of the animals.  In addition during the search, deputies discovered methamphetamine and seized multiple firearms.

“We are thankful for the team work between our deputies and animal control to make sure these animals get the care they need, and hopefully in the future a loving home.” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

The only circumstances where law enforcement can legally remove an animal is where exigent circumstances exist or by court order or search warrant. Exigent circumstances would be imminent danger of death or destruction of evidence. All animals will be examined by a veterinarian for health conditions for future placement. No evidence of dog fighting or baiting existed. 

This investigation is ongoing.

Photos of some of the animals are below.

Monkey in a cage.

Brown dog in a cage

Black dog in a cage.


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