A puppy being rescued from a suspected puppy mill in South Carolina. Photo: Allen E. Sullivan/The HSUS
Two hundred dogs were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Johnston, South Carolina on Tuesday. The Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society of Charlotte and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office went to the property of Callie Abel and took the dogs to temporary shelters. Abel was arrested on seven charges of ill treatment of animals.
Many of the dogs will need to be treated for eye and skin infections and dental problems. Puppies and their mothers were found in dirty rabbit hutches and larger dogs were either running loose on the property or in pens. Many have had a lack of socialization, according to the HSUS.
PHoto: Allen E. Sullivan/The HSUS
Deputies say their owner was selling the animals on the internet. Her property had come to the attention of investigators when concerned citizens had called local law enforcement.
Since the animals were seized, they have been evaluated by veterinarians, cleaned and inspected and have been moved to an undisclosed location in Columbia. There is no word yet on when the dogs might be up for adoption.
Visiting the premises, State Senator Jake Knotts from Lexington County released a statement saying, "The laws in South Carolina need to change in order to stop this kind of cruelty. We need to attack this problem by requiring that anyone selling animals be licensed and inspected by the state. If elected officials could witness what I did today, there would be no problem passing a state law addressing this."