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      Animals seized from Florence home

      Environmental officers removed animals from a home on Third Loop Road Tuesday because of the condition of the home, according to West Florence Fire Department Captain Anthony Fox.

      Ten dogs, one chicken and a ferret are being evaluated at the Environmental Services office in Effingham.

      The West Florence Fire Department helped because the officers needed breathing apparatus.

      Florence County Environmental Services Director Herbie Christmas says the animals' owner left them at the home around the last week of March.

      Chrismas says the owner was renting the lot to house his mobile home.

      The property owner called environmental services after seeing th e dogs left in the home in small, confined crates.

      The animals appeared to have been fed, but not taken out of the crates, according to Christmas.

      The animals have bad flea problems and have lost most of their hair, Christmas said.

      A hearing will be held to determine what will happen to the animals Thursday at the Florence County Magistrate's Office.