Crime & Courts

Woman charged in deaths of 4 dogs abandoned without food, water, AC

Latisha Todd
Latisha Todd

A routine code enforcement call about an overgrown yard led to a grisly discovery for a deputy after finding four dead dogs outside.

Deputies believe Latisha Todd, 34, caused her four dogs to die after abandoning them at her residence at 608 Scarsdale Drive, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Code enforcement deputies attempted to conduct a check at the property after they were notified about an ongoing violation of an overgrown lot. When they arrived, they were notified by maintenance personnel there were dead dogs on the backyard.

Investigators determined three dogs died in a bedroom and one dog died in a closed bathroom inside the home.

Todd had left the dogs for a month without food, water and air conditioning, the release stated. When she returned to the home, she reportedly placed the dogs in the backyard after they died.

=Todd reportedly turned herself in to investigators 9 a.m. Tuesday.

She was charged with four counts of ill treatment of animals.

Lott said he wanted to remind the community that pets need to be properly cared for because they are part of the family.

Anyone who would like to report animal abuse or neglect can contact Crimestoppers at -888-CRIME-SC, or text “TIPSC” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). People who leave tips that lead to an arrest can receive up to $1,000 in reward money.