CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Charleston woman was arrested on Monday for allegedly selling the meat of an animal she kept as her pet.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says 43-year-old Sarah E. Williams of Charleston is charged with cruelty to animals.
It was reported that the investigation began in May.
Williams reportedly purchased two pigs from a butcher shop in South Carolina and then sold them for $5 a pound.
The piglets were purchased by a man named Eric Jackson.
Authorities say Williams sold the pigs for a dollar each.
Williams is accused of keeping the pigs in an open, well-ventilated and well-lit area with no ventilation, no food, no water, no windows and no light, according to the arrest affidavit.
She also allegedly kept the pigs inside a well-worn wooden cage.
Investigators say the animals suffered from “abnormally high temperatures, including a fever, muscle pain, and vomiting.”
Williams allegedly told them she “had no idea how many animals she owned.”
She is also accused of selling animals to customers for $10 to $20 per pound.