Animals rescued from puppy mill

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More than 200 dogs, 9 horses and 40 birds were removed from a Johnston, S.C., home on Tuesday after multiple complaints from neighbors.

Dogs await removal from what officials described as a puppy mill in Johnston, S.C.  ALLEN E. SULLIVAN/HUMANE SOCIETY
ALLEN E. SULLIVAN/HUMANE SOCIETY
Dogs await removal from what officials described as a puppy mill in Johnston, S.C.

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society of Charlotte, as well as the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, took the animals to temporary shelters. The owner of the Holmes Pond Road property, Callie Abel, was arrested on seven charges of ill treatment of animals. She was out on bond by Tuesday afternoon. 

“The smell was something we noticed right away,” said Kim Kelly, South Carolina state director for the Humane Society. “The ammonia from the urine and the smell of feces was overwhelming. The conditions were deplorable.”

Kelly said some of the puppies were being held in rabbit hutches lined with mesh. Still, some of the puppies' feet were falling through, making them immobile and causing sores.

The nursing mothers and their puppies were also being held in rabbit hutches, while some of the larger breeds were in pens or running loose on the property.

A large animal vet and a small animal vet were called to the property for an initial evaluation and found multiple health issues, including eye infections, skin infections and a large flea infestation.

Kelly said it was an obvious puppy mill, and that Abel was selling the animals online for hundreds of dollars.

“She was breeding them to sell them,” Kelly said. “She has been operating for quite a while.”

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/11/12 - 09:10 pm
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These animals will make
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These animals will make amazing pets since they will be so grateful for a caring and loving home. All of us animals lovers can find the room and money for one more. I would like encourage folks to step up.

allhans
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allhans 09/11/12 - 10:57 pm
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I don't know what to

I don't know what to say...The cruelty of some people.....

Palmetto1008..I hope that happens.

BBSouth
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BBSouth 09/11/12 - 11:00 pm
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Horrible.

To do this to an animal to make money is an abomination, it is just as horrible as dog fighting, rooster fighting, or bear baiting. I hope she gets the book thrown at her. This was not a case if hoarding, it's a case of greed. I hope she gets what she deserves.

creolechick
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creolechick 09/11/12 - 11:24 pm
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Breeding

The reason puppy mills exist is that people keep buying pure breed dogs. If people stopped buying from them, they would have no reason to continue these deplorable actions. Please don't breed or buy while shelter pets die. Especially with these sort of people being the breeders!

sassylassie
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sassylassie 09/12/12 - 12:17 am
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Thank God someone had the

It's time for the animal lovers in this and surrounding communities to step up.
Charlotte Humane Society is already caring for a large number of rescues from Katrina and these folks need our help.
Let's pass the word on Facebook and elsewhere....

sassylassie
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sassylassie 09/12/12 - 12:13 am
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Thank God someone had the

Thank God someone had the decency and thought to call and report this woman. Cheers to the Humane Societies for taking the animals to safer conditions. These situations disgust me. Peopleand their greed hurting defenseless creatures.
Now where can these precious babies be adopted? Many of us would like to help with donations or assistance. A follow up info section would be appreciated.

Tullie
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Tullie 09/12/12 - 05:39 am
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creolechick

Everything creolechick said is sadly true. My stomach hurts now reading this story. Disgusting.

My two boys are rescues from the local shelters. One from Columbia County and one from Richmond County.

Everyone, please report any abuse you are aware of or see.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/12/12 - 09:43 am
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Who the heck would buy a

Who the heck would buy a dog/pet online to begin with? We have a couple of purebred dogs because they have breed specific traits we wanted in a pet; but you can bet your sweet bippy we went to the breeder and selected the puppy based on personality, etc. I would NEVER buy a pet sight unseen; way too much at stake for their happiness and ours.

allhans
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allhans 09/12/12 - 10:13 am
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My sister in law raised

My sister in law raised Maltese until a few years back. When she checked a couple of sales and found that the buyers wanted them for breeding purposes..she stopped selling and gave them only to those she knew would give them a loving home. Her adults dogs are now old and no longer producing...but thankfully she was once on alert and on guard.

pommom38
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pommom38 09/12/12 - 10:36 am
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Great suggestions

to put the word out for adopting these dogs, but if you do, please make sure you CAN handle one more. Last thing these animals need is a *sympathy* home then be returned for some bs reason.
I'm an animal lover but know that I can NOT take in anymore, regardless of the situation here.
These places are everywhere and yes, part of the problem is people buying them. Is that a reason not to purchase a pure breed? No..
Do your homework folks, some are legit while others like this are all about the cash, not the genetic lines and bettering a breed.

TK3
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TK3 09/12/12 - 06:00 pm
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Edgefield Co Puppy Mill Raid

The Abel puppy Mill was run out of Aiken County in 02 and has been in business in Edgefield county (not City of Johnston) since 06 and has sold animals at flea markets in two state area and online and was raided in Edgefield county several times before but popular belief is that Abel was always tipped off before the raids but this time appears she had less notice and two hundred of the three hundred estimated dogs were still there and many bones. The ones possibly missing would likely have been the worse cases.

Lets hope Edgefield passes a regulation to put a stop to such cruel puppy mills.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 09/12/12 - 10:54 am
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I hope shes locked up for a long long time.
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She should never be able to have any animal or child in her care for the rest of her life or she should rot in jail. This isn't one of those good hearted people who take in too many strays and gets overwhelmed and endangers animals through having more of a heart than common sense, health and money. Those I feel bad for. This lady made money off of animals suffering she caused. She makes me sick!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 09/12/12 - 10:56 am
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TK3 are you serious????
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OMG!! A few decade of this?? I take it back. She should never see the light of day if thats true. What a waste of flesh!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 09/12/12 - 11:41 am
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There just

are no words. Actually there are, but I don't use that language, and you couldn't print them anyway. She needs to be hung from the highest pole.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/12/12 - 12:39 pm
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Cruelty to animals

this poor excuse for a human being should be offered the same accomodations she had for these poor creatures. Put her in a pen and leave her there for a while - then put this moron to work - helping God's creatures - helping!!! Make her clean up the pens at animal shelters, anything to make her PAY (if that is possible) at least in a small way for what she has done. Damn her! (sorry!)

Libertymls
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Libertymls 09/12/12 - 02:02 pm
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Puppy mill bust

Thanks again to Charlene Charlie Chappee of Charlie's Angel's Rescue
for helping bring Callie Abel to justice! Charlie had reported this to
HSUS months ago and provided pictures and evidence that spurred them to investigate along with Edgefield County Sheriff Dept. A big thank
you also to Sheriff Adell Dobey! The owner Callie Abel was said to
have been previously charged in Aiken County for a similar offense.
Check her website at Calabel Farms, she sells dogs online.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/12/12 - 02:38 pm
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It is sad to mistreat animals

It is sad to mistreat animals but nature is harsh too and few domesticated dog breeds will survive in the wild. But we have to remember we domesticated wolves and through artificial selection "created" all the dog breeds. They are just animals no different than cattle so I find it disgusting when people anthromorph their pets into humans. Growing up on a farm we had pet pigs, chickens, and cows but we ate or sold them too. Dogs were for hunting or protection and if they didn't perform my father would shoot them as anyone of that era (he and all the rest of the population would now be treated like criminals for what was once common place). Now we treat dogs better than many people and I find that disgusting. Dont get me wrong my father treated all animals very well and with love but if they weren't productive or were injured or diseased he would put them down. People going to prison for cockfighting is ridiculous when roosters naturally fight-in fact the romans were so impressed they never went into battle without roosters because of their fighting prowess. It just seems so ignorant, anti-evolution and anti-science to treate a dog (domesticaed wolf) like a human. When in all likelyhood it would kill and eat you if it had the chance or has many wild type genes (all wild dogs on every continent have a lot of the wild type wolf genes still present). I guess next it will be considered inhumane to use pigs to find truffles, or use dogs to hunt, or use any animal for research.

boston_terrier
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boston_terrier 09/12/12 - 03:30 pm
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Those Who Helped

Charlie Chappie of Charlie's Angels Rescue in Aiken started the ball rolling. Boston Terrier Rescue of South Carolina and Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee had connections to the Humane Society of the United States and helped the situation get attention. These dogs are going to have to be rehabilitated. They are scared to death and have not known human kindness, so naturally, they are wary and don't trust easily. Charlie's Angels has dogs needing adoption as does BTRSC and other legitimate rescue groups.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/12/12 - 04:27 pm
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To everyone who asked about adoptions

We emailed The Humane Society of the United States. Here is their reply:

"As for adopting the dogs, unfortunately they are still evidence in the criminal case and until the owner surrenders them or a judge grants custody to the county or The Humane Society of the United States, we can't adopt them out. As soon as we are able, we will let you know so that people can give them loving homes!"

I will try to keep everyone updated.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/12/12 - 05:06 pm
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Humane Society

Let's hope the Humane Society speeds things up so all these little creatures will be able to get a loving home real soon.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/12/12 - 06:05 pm
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Yeah, but

... I hope the AC follows up on this story. Too many times animals are "rescued" only to be executed by the authorities once the story moves from the front pages.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 09/12/12 - 06:24 pm
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Thanks for the info, Sean.

Thanks for the info, Sean. Let's pray that the judge who gets this case has the decency and sense to turn the animals over to the Humane Society so that they cane be rehabilitated and adopted out. I sincerely hope this woman is barred from owning animals ever again. It's time to take action. And if anyone out there is helping her "hide" animals, they should be charged as well.

Sean, is there a place to send donations?

TK3
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TK3 09/12/12 - 08:04 pm
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Edgefield Puppy Mill

Talked to a kid that worked for Callie Abel for a short time at the Edgefield Puppy Mill till he couldn't take it anymore. He said you would not believe how she treated the dogs and how many died from such poor care. He showed me a puppy he had got from her (as part of his pay) that was on her over bred kill list whose hind legs were deformed.

To get a idea of some of the dogs poor treatment and condition, look at pictures of ones saved from being killed by Charlie Chappee of Charlie's Angels Rescue in Aiken.

Note that Callie Abel is only charged with misdemeanors as little law governing Puppy Mills on books in S.C. so she likely will just face fines and if she sees any jail time it will be days or months at best. Some law with teeth needs to be enacted In S.C. to put a stop to these puppy mills.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/13/12 - 09:48 am
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@ sassylassie

The Humane Society of the United States has an online submission form for general donations, but I don't know about targeted donations for this particular case.
http://www.humanesociety.org/donate/

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