50-60 dogs from suspected puppy mill coming to Charlotte

50-60 dogs from suspected puppy mill coming to Charlotte

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 8:52 PM

JOHNSTON, S.C. – The Humane Society of Charlotte is taking 60 of 206 dogs and puppies seized during a puppy mill raid in Edgefield County, S.C. this month.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office served a warrant on a property in Johnston, South Carolina, and the Humane Society of Charlotte said more than 200 dogs, nine horses and 40 birds were taken.

The owner, Callie Abel, relinquished custody of the animals and pleaded guilty to 7 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty Thursday.

Several of those dogs will be moved Friday afternoon from a safe shelter in Columbia to Charlotte.

Many of the dogs had eye and skin infections and dental problems, and deputies say their owner was selling the animals on the internet. 

Several veterinarians and volunteers from the Humane Society of Charlotte were called to serve as the primary rescue unit during the September 11 raid.   They traveled to the site to help clean and inspect the animals.

"These dogs will be re-evaluated by our medical and behavior staff and it will be determined if they will be available for adoption or if they will need time in foster care," the Charlotte Humane Society said in a statement.  "These evaluations will take place over the next day or two."

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