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Conway man requests jury trial in animal cruelty case

A Conway man charged with animal cruelty appeared before a Conway municipal judge Wednesday and requested a jury trial, according to authorities.

Clevland Fladger Jr., 55, of Conway was charged with animal cruelty earlier this month after officers responded to his home based on an anonymous call about the dogs being underweight, police said. An animal control officer found four dogs in the back yard of the home.

Two of the dogs seemed to be in good health, but two others were severely undernourished, police said. One dog appeared to be under weight and dehydrated, and another was extremely emaciated from apparent starvation. Both animals were picked up and taken to the county animal shelter for evaluation.

Fladger was issued a citation for animal cruelty, and the dogs are being cared for at the Horry County Animal Care Center.

It will likely take several months before Fladger’s case returns to court, according to authorities.