An Abbeville County woman has been charged with ill treatment of animals after more than 50 dogs were rescued from her Due West home, Fox Carolina News reported March 9.
Smith’s attorney says she’s an animal lover and cared for her dogs and issued a media statement Wednesday night
“Sandra Smith is an animal lover who has rescued dogs and other animals for years. She loved the dogs that were removed from her home like members of her own family, and she gave greatly of herself to care for them. Ms. Smith strongly denies that she mistreated these dogs or that she has committed any crime. She is confident that when the evidence in this case is presented to a jury of her peers, she will be fully exonerated.”
Kelley Blair with Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC issued an update on the GoFundMe fundraiser to help the rescued dogs saying
“Hi all. We have raised $1200.00 in 24 hours to help the 57 hoarder dogs seized this week in Due West, SC. Please share, share, share. A large majority of these dogs need major dental surgery and repair. We have 57 dogs that need help. Thank you for all you do. We are $4800.00 away from our goal.”
Donations are needed and appreciated. Anyone wanting to help with fostering or to adopt is asked to contact DT Hauser or Sherry Biang with Anderson County Humane Society for an application. To get an update on drop off locations for dog supplies, please contact Kelley via Facebook. With so many pregnant dogs, help will be needed for a long time.