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153 Dogs Rescued from South Carolina Puppy Mill

Aug. 14, 2013 Editor’s Note: According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, 72-year-old Donald F. Black was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

More than 150 dogs were found suffering from untreated medical conditions and living in filthy cages without adequate care, veterinary attention and socialization on a property near Starr, S.C. Authorities rescued the dogs after a resident contacted law enforcement after purchasing a puppy from an area flea market. The puppy was later diagnosed with parvovirus, a highly contagious virus that can be fatal.

On the property, authorities found a variety of small-breed dogs. The owner surrendered the animals to law enforcement. Charges are pending. The rescue was a joint effort by Anderson County P.A.W.S., Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, The Humane Society of the United States, the South Carolina National Guard, and Red Rover. The HSUS is providing financial assistance and expert advice and PetSmart Charities is providing supplies.

“Flea-market sales of dogs from puppy mills are a growing problem in South Carolina. With no regulation of large-scale dog breeding operations, an increasing number of breeders from other states come here to take advantage of lax laws,” said Kimberly Kelly, South Carolina state director for The HSUS. “We must get stronger laws in place to stop puppy mills from flourishing in our state.”

The dogs were transported to Anderson County P.A.W.S., where they will be examined by veterinarians and screened for potential adoption. The 153 dogs were rescued, in part, due to the generosity of HSUS supporters Paige Noland and Wendy and Jeff Safchik.


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