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Aynor man, woman convicted of ill treatment of animals

A Conway magistrate ordered two people to serve a day in jail after they were found guilty of ill treatment of animals after police took 46 dogs from two homes in Aynor.

Linda F. Cornelius, 52, of Fore Road in Aynor, was found guilty of two counts of ill treatment of animals, and Magistrate Brad Mayers gave her credit for the time she served in jail when she was arrested earlier this month, according to court records. But Mayers also ordered her to serve a day in jail.

Michael O. Fore, 23, also of Fore Road in Aynor, was found guilty of one count of ill treatment of animals and Mayers ordered him to serve a day in jail.

Cornelius and Fore were booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday evening following the bench trial, according to jail records.

Horry County police charged the pair July 9 after officers seized 46 dogs of various breeds and nine birds from their properties. The animals on the property did not allow fire rescue department personnel to respond to a fire.

While on the scene, officers observed pens with several dogs that appeared to be neglected, while several more dogs inside the residence in cages also looked to be in poor condition. During the first visit, officers didn't know who the homeowner was, officials said.

According to the report, officers executed a search warrant at the residence and seized the animals. As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued on the homeowner, along with a family member who had five of his dogs at the property.