ASPCA Grants $5,000 to care for Upstate puppy mill dogs - FOX Carolina 21

ASPCA Grants $5,000 to care for Upstate puppy mill dogs

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One of the rescued dogs. (Aug. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the rescued dogs. (Aug. 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County Pets Are Worth Saving, known as P.A.W.S., received a $5,000 Emergency Assistance Grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The funds will be used to help cover the expenses in the rescue and treatment of 153 dogs removed from a suspected puppy mill in Anderson County on Aug. 10.

"The dogs rescued had a variety of medical problems and their needs were tremendous," said Jessica Cwynar, director of Anderson County P.A.W.S. "Thanks to the assistance provided by the ASPCA, P.A.W.S. was able to offer the specialized care these dogs needed while also maintaining the high standard of care we provide to all the animals in residence at our facility. We cannot thank the ASPCA enough for their assistance in our time of need."

Anderson County deputies and animal control took the dogs from a property in Starr on Aug. 10. The owner, Donald Black, relinquished the dogs to officials. Black was arrested and charged with ill treatment of animals.

"Puppy mill dogs often suffer from inhumane conditions that are unacceptable," said Justine Dang, ASPCA senior director of President's Office Operations. "The ASPCA is proud to support the lifesaving work of P.A.W.S. and hopes these animals will find loving homes soon."

Anderson County P.A.W.S. is the public animal shelter serving Anderson County. The staff and volunteers at P.A.W.S. care for more than 10,000 animals each year.

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