Estimated 200 dogs found at suspected mill

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STARR, S.C. — Authorities in Anderson County have found as many as 200 dogs living behind rusted fences with algae-laden drinking water at what’s suspected to be a puppy mill.

Investigators have not disclosed the name of the person who owns the property and the dogs, but they say he volunteered to turn over the animals to the county Friday evening.

Maj. Garry Bryant of the Anderson County Detention Center said investigators were told about the suspected breeder by a person who recently bought a dog at a local flea market that was found to have parvovirus and was euthanized.

Officers are trying to prepare a makeshift shelter out of concern that the dogs might have diseases that would be contagious.

Bryant said the search for the suspected mill led investigators to a secluded property in Starr that is several hundred yards from a main road.

What they found, Bryant said, were dozens and dozens of dogs, dirty and matted, “living in just deplorable conditions that no one should have to endure.”

He said there were multiple breeds and ages of dogs, “just an assortment, really.”

Among them, Sheriff John Skipper said, was a litter of puppies just days old.

“They’re just little tiny things, out there baking in the sunshine,” he said.

Interim county administrator Rusty Burns said animal-welfare organizations are already offering their help. Burns said the suspected puppy mill could be the largest ever discovered in Anderson County.

Skipper said Friday that the suspected breeder is
cooperating with authorities.

No charges had been filed as of Friday night, but Skipper said charges could be forthcoming once Dr. Kyle Powell, a veterinarian from Anderson County’s newer shelter, can finish evaluating the dogs.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/11/13 - 06:35 am
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If you want a Puppy

this is all too many times were they come from.

This is why I have always only purchased Private Family raised and bred dogs.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/11/13 - 08:02 am
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Never, ever, ever buy from a

Never, ever, ever buy from a pet store, or flea market, etc. You need to be able to see the sire and dam, kennel conditions, etc.

Darby
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Darby 08/11/13 - 09:50 am
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I don't mean to even suggest that I know

what's going on here, but.....

It seems to me that these poor animals are more in need of love and care than just about any of those that are already being fed or cared for.

Whether in private homes or kennels. Where am I going wrong?

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dichotomy 08/11/13 - 10:11 am
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"Whether in private homes or

"Whether in private homes or kennels. Where am I going wrong?"

Valid point Darby.....but the theory is that it's just like buying dope. If you buy their product and they make money it will just encourage them to sell more dope.

I wish people would quit buying ALL puppies. Believe me, there are enough "accidents" out there to supply anyone who wants a puppy. They might not be designer, or pure bred, but my guess is that they would make a just as loyal, loveable companion.

Darby
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Darby 08/11/13 - 01:29 pm
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I agree wholeheartedly dicho.. Don't want to

encourage the two legged animals behind this industry, I'm just concerned about the helpless byproduct of their illicit activities.

They are the folks society might benefit from if they were castrated.

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SGT49 08/11/13 - 06:32 pm
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There are plenty of rescue dogs to adopt

We recently got a very cute 5yo Maltese rescued from a puppy mill. There were no papers and he was sick from being kept in a cage his whole life. He's now neutered, recovered and happily enjoying the spoiled life with our other 2 dogs and cats.

Darby
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Darby 08/11/13 - 10:42 pm
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Good for you,

SGT49

No dogs but my wife and I are taking care of seven cats and kittens that were abandoned.

Not thrilled about it, but it's better than the alternative.

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