An Abbeville County woman is facing charges after officials seized more than 50 dogs from a Due West, South Carolina hoarding situation, WYFF4News reported March 8. Upstate rescues are scrambling to find foster and permanent homes, as well as supplies needed to care for the dogs, many of whom were found lying in their own fecal matter and urine.
The Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit responded to a home on George Alewine Road after a large number of complaints were called in about dozens of dogs living in unhealthy conditions inside the home. Investigators reported 53 dogs were confined to small kennels, with many of the kennels housing two to four dogs.
A YouCaring webpage titled “Help Due West, SC Puppy Mill Dogs” states 63 dogs were removed from the home. More dogs are being removed Tuesday from the home.
Kelley Blair of Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation helped with the removal of the animals. Thanks go out to all helping with this massive rescue effort, including Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC, Anderson County Humane Society, Greenville County Humane Society, Carolina Na Poodle Rescue, Carolina Loving Hounds, Day Before The Rainbow, Lucky Pup Rescue, Abbeville City Animal Control, Pet Tender Angels and Wild at Heart Animal Rescue. Kelley told WFYY4
“We need a lot of monetary donations — food donations, blankets,. A lot of the dogs have oral disease, so we need a lot of canned food. A lot of the females are pregnant so we need a lot of puppy food, and then we need adult food.”
Kelley says it will be awhile before many of the dogs are healthy enough for adoption. They will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated before being adopted out. If interested in adopting please contact DT Hauser or Sherry Biang with Anderson County Humane Society for an adoption application. They also need food, blankets, and monetary donations. The animal rescues listed above will also need donations.
Anyone in the Greenville area wishing to drop off donations, Petsmart on Woodruff Road in Greenville is accepting donations for 4 p.m. pickup. Donations are also being accepted in Anderson at the Anderson County Humane Society clinic at 407 Pearman Dairy Road across from the District 5 office.