Authorities say more than 70 dogs and cats have been seized from a South Carolina home where a number of dead animals also were found.

Nancy Foard of the Hilton Head Humane Association tells local media outlets that 67 dogs and six cats were rescued Monday. Most were emaciated and had fleas, while some also had other injuries.

Hilton Head Humane Association Director Franny Gerthoffer says the owner faces charges, including animal cruelty, that carry as much as $10,000 in fines.

The name of the pet owner has not been released. Gerthoffer says the owner has hired an attorney and is trying to get the animals back.

Officials say the Hilton Head group was contacted by Colleton County officials to come to the home and rescue the animals.