More than 250 animals were rescued from an Edgefield County puppy mill and now some of those animals are in need of a home in the Upstate.
Authorities rescued 200 dogs, nine horses and 50 birds from 54-year-old Callie Abel's home nearly two weeks ago. She was arrested and later pleaded guilty to seven counts of ill treatment of animals.
The Greenville Humane Society has taken in many of those dogs and puppies in the hopes of finding them a new home and a chance at a happy, healthy life outside of a crate.
"Some of these animals have never been touched before," said Kim Pitman, director of the Greenville Humane Society. "It just breaks my heart that somebody thinks they can do this to an animal just for the money. It is so wrong."
Abel's puppy mill was discovered by Edgefield County deputies Sept. 11. They were then taken into the custody of Humane Society of the United States's facility in Columbia.
Kimberly Kelly, South Carolina State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, said the animals were kept in cages that were filthy, reeked of ammonia from urine and feces, the animals drank from green water, among some of the abuses.
Animal rescue advocates have said that South Carolina is one of the worst states in terms of animal cruelty laws, something State Senator Jake Knotts, R-District 23, wants to change.
Knotts has said that the state needs to have laws that will stop people who are in the business of puppy mills.
The animals rescued from Abel's mill have received care from veterinarians in the past few weeks and now many are ready for adoption. Greenville is the first city to get some of the adoptable rescues.
"We hope that folks here will see these animals, love these animals and give them a second chance," said Pitman.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the rescued dogs should contact the Greenville Humane Society. Other animals from the mill are headed to shelters in Charlotte and Aiken.
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