Two brothers from Seabrook were arrested Tuesday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on charges of ill treatment of animals after deputies found 10 malnurished dogs at their Delaney Circle home.
The dog owners, ages 27 and 29, were charged after deputies received calls from neighbors who reported hearing dogs yelping and what sounded like dogs fighting, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies found 11 dogs: nine pit bulls, one German shepherd and one hound. Ten of the dogs were in poor health. A pit bull puppy was dead.
The Sheriff's Office said all of the dogs appeared to be malnourished, and some of the dogs had cuts and puncture wounds on their heads, faces, legs and bodies. No appropriate food, water or shelter was on the property for any of the animals, the Sheriff's Office said.
While investigators don't suspect any tie to dog fighting, county Animal Control officers have been called to the home before and warned the owners to properly care for the dogs or face arrest, said Cpl. Robin McIntosh, sheriff spokeswoman.
The Sheriff's Office took the dogs to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter for further evaluation.
One brother was charged with one count of ill treatment of animals, and the other was charged with four counts of ill treatment of animals. Both were released Tuesday from the Beaufort County Detention Center on their own recognizance.