A dog and cat rescuer is facing years behind bars.

The CEO of a South Carolina animal rescue group was arrested on 30 counts of ill-treatment of animals.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, authorities found 30 deceased cats and dogs in her home.

Last month, law enforcement responded to a call saying there was a “smell of death” coming from the CEO’s, Caroline Dawn Pennington, home.

Sadly, law enforcement encountered a very grim situation upon arriving to the home.

28 dogs and two cats were among the deceased.

The animals were found dead in cages filled with their own waste.

Law enforcement believe the animals perished several months prior from starvation and dehydration.

Investigators believe the 30 animals had been in the home for at least nine months.