According to an April 17 report by WSPA7 News, four people have been charged in an animal abuse case in South Carolina.
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday morning that four people were arrested and charges filed after 66 Chinese Shar-Pei dogs were rescued from 1249 Old Dairy Road in Summerville on January 30, 2015. The property was then condemned by the Department of County Codes.
Charged were Tracy Humbert Lamere, 45, John Christopher Barnett, 45, Michael Duane Lauer, 63, and Susan Knisely Lauer, 69. Our Gazette reported on April 17 that county documents obtained through a Freedom of information Act request showed the Lauers as the owners of the Shar Peis, and Lamere was identified as a caretaker.
Combined, they’ve been charged with 21 counts of ill treatment of an animal. These are considered felony charges punishable for 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Documents also showed Animal Control officers were aware of problems at the breeder since at least 2010. Susan Lauer has previously been cited multiple times for not having proper paperwork on vaccinations for the dogs.