Georgetown County deputy, wife charged with animal cruelty

A deputy with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and his wife have been charged with cruelty to animals.

Deputy William Baxley and his wife, Miranda Baxley, of Georgetown, have been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, said the sheriff's office in a news release.

On March 4, the sheriff's office received a complaint about three dead dogs at a residence on Dennis Drive.

Near the residence, deputies found three dead dogs in fenced kennels in various stages of decomposition.

Deputies tried to reach someone at the home, but with no results. In the process deputies found a female lab with nine puppies on the porch of the home.

During the investigation, it was determined that the dogs belonged to Baxley. Deputy Baxley was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation. After the investigation, Baxley was put on administrative leave without pay and charged with the four counts of cruelty to animals.