“The animals were kept in small cages, and numerous animals where sharing cages which had not been cleaned in a very long time”
James had the dogs crowded into the small cages, without sufficient space for the dogs to walk around. Many of the cages were off of the ground, only a few feet away from the feces that had dropped below.
Upon arrival, the responding officer noticed a building housing mother dogs and their puppies, along with an overpowering smell of ammonia. The building held around 50 of the dogs. In the back yard, almost 100 more were found.
When the responding officer arrived at the property, they noticed a building where the mother dogs and their puppies were being kept had an “overpowering smell of ammonia,” according to the police report. There were about 50 dogs in this structure. In the backyard, there were multiple dog cages made of wood and metal, with wire sides and bottoms.
James surrendered the dogs to the Horry County Animal Care Center, where they were vaccinated, examined and photographed. She was charged under Horry County Ordinance 4-3 for failure to provide proper care and treatment of animals.
Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis says James was given a traffic ticket and fined $445. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Debbie Saxon with Friends of HCACC said the animals are going through processing, and many will go up for adoption March 10. Friends of HCACC works independently with the shelter to get animals adopted into loving homes.
While some of the dogs will be ready for adoption on Tuesday, many will require a transition period. Rescues and foster home will be needed to get some of the dogs socialized.
Friends of HCACC released a statement on their Facebook page
“The shelter is following procedures as far as legal matters and evaluating this intake. The number only equals a normal 2 day intake during any other spring/summer season and things are going smoothly. NO PUPPY OR DOG WILL BE RELEASED UNTIL AT LEAST MONDAY!
Please do not call or show up at shelter to adopt or to volunteer. They are not permitted to allow outside volunteers! They need pedigree puppy food, all donations are appreciated.
We have volunteered to foster/place 20-25. We may get that, we may get NONE. We may get no puppies, there are older dogs and pregnant females that may be available Any we take will not be available for adoption immediately. Please stay informed by watching this page and the shelter page.”
The Horry County Animal Care Center updated the condition of the dogs after they were brought into the shelter
“Thanks so much for the outpouring of help and requests for information. We did receive over 120 small breed animals this afternoon from a puppy mill. Today, they received a distemper/parvo vaccine, deworming and a brief exam. We are happy to say that there doesn’t appear to be any life-threatening issues. Tomorrow we will start with addressing any medical issues and bathing, grooming. It is wonderful to see all the interest and offers of help. We greatly appreciate it.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time James has been caught with such a large number of dogs. Thanks to the pitiful animal laws in the state of South Carolina, it probably won’t be the last.
If you wish to complain as to why Horry County has failed to charge James with animal cruelty, a list of Horry County offices can be found here, along with contact information.