Charges Brought In Horses & Dogs Case

Charges have been brought in the case of horses and dogs seized from a Beaufort County farm.

Ashley Daniels of Jarvis Landing Road in Aurora has been charged with six counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Deputies say they seized four dogs and 16 dogs, while the property owner turned over another 16 dogs to the Humane Society. One horse had to be euthanized at the scene by a veterinarian.

Deputies say additional charges are possible.


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Sixteen horses and four dogs were seized from a Beaufort County farm this week. Authorities say one horse had to be euthanized at the scene.

As WITN first reported Monday night, authorities converged on the farm on Vinegar Hill Road outside of Aurora.

Sheriff deputies say they were armed with search warrants for a total of three properties in the area, searching for animals and assessing their health and living conditions.

A news release says sixteen other dogs were voluntarily turned over to the Humane Society by the property owner.

The sheriff's office says no arrests have been made and they say the investigation is ongoing.


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Authorities are back out at a home in Beaufort County, investigating the well being of some animals.

The property under investigation is in aurora on Vinegar Hill Road.

Officials say under 20 dogs and several horses have been handed over to authorities, however the condition of the animals is not being discussed.

We'll keep you posted on what happens.

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Concern over the well being of horses on a property in Beaufort County has led to an investigation by several organizations.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Humane Society, and Wilson County Animal Control have been at the location throughout the day Monday.

Sheriff's officials say vets are on scene assessing the condition of horses and some dogs at a property on Vinegar Hill Road in Aurora.

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  • by Me Location: South Creek on Jul 20, 2010 at 01:59 AM
    dd.... I'm not exactly one of his "buddies". You should really get the entire story before you judge. It's quite obvious to me that if Ashley was such a monster he wouldn't have had the charges dismissed, they wouldn't have agreed to update him on every single horse as updates are warranted, they wouldn't have agreed not to euthanize any of the animals... so on & so forth. If a man is clearly guilty of something they don't just drop all the charges against him.
  • by dd on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    No dismissed does not say anything..the picture of the emaciated horse and the surrender of all the animals says it all "me" who are you one of the ex-owners buddies?
  • by me Location: South Creek on Jul 13, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    ALL CHARGES DISMISSED!!!!!!!!! I think that says it all. Why hasn't WITN updated the story with that information?
  • by BLS Location: South Creek on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Whoever you are saying that you've been to the Ashleys place "more than several times" you still aren't answering the questions posed to you! #1 -If you thought it was so bad why didn't you call BCAC?? #2 -In what capacity were you there the morning of the seizure? #3 -How is it that you are in such "close contact" with the horses now? Alot of people are really quick to throw Ashleys name & reputation around... why don't some of you post your real names??
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    To be honest about it i have been down there more than several times i also knew ashley myself!! some dogs where kept in stalls and some where just let lose and i know that for a fact every think i speak of is factual i do not try to lie about it the situation was already bad enough!!
  • by me Location: south creek on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    KNOWN>>>you cannot even read your own posts. how can you say there were any dogs in any pens that morning if you saw none if you want to be honest about it.
  • by TO KNOWN Location: BC on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    KNOWN... you say you were at Ashleys barn "many many" times. Are you a friend of his? If so, why didn't you offer to help with the situation? If the conditions were so deplorable why didn't you call BCAC? You aren't making much sense to me. How is it that you are in such close contact with the horses now? Are you employed by BCAC? I'm sure you won't do it, but I would love to see your response to these questions.
  • by known Location: BC on Mar 26, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    i do know some dogs where kept in pens ive been in ashleys barn many many time before i do agree there where many running lose but there was still atleast 10 that stayed in stalls i didnt say they where all in pens bc when i went to help some dogs where still running around im being honest about this and maybe ashleys truck was there but if supposely he spent so much time there he would have cleaned there stalls maybe or even tried gettting a farrier out there to take care of the horses horrible feet
  • by me Location: south creek on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    KNOWN.........you dont know nothing!!!!!!!!you say all the dogs were removed from their pens before you got there. I have driven passed Ashley's barn nearly everyday the last eight years and I know for a fact that all the dogs were not in pens. There were always dogs in front sunning, running in the fields and looked very content. There were always horses in the pasture. Most trips passed the barn Ashley's truck was there. I have never been inside the barn so I cannot comment. This is what I KNOW.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    Honestly you can really judge me for however you want I'm only up hear to let people know the horses are in good hands so please judge how you want and just so you know I've known Ashley for atleast 10-15 years I know he is a nice person and sure maybe he was trying to help the strays but really horses don't just show up and you only feed and water them they need much more attention!!
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